Definition of pyre noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpaɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaɪər//
Death, Religious ceremonies
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a large pile of wood on which a dead body is placed and burned in a funeral ceremony See related entries: Death, Religious ceremonies Word Originmid 17th cent.: via Latin from Greek pura, from pur ‘fire’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pyre