- one of a large group of beautiful, fairylike beings of Persian mythology, represented as descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until their penance is accomplished.
- any lovely, graceful person.
Origin of peri
- Ja·co·po [yah-kaw-paw] /ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/, 1561–1633, Italian composer.
- a prefix meaning “about” or “around” (perimeter, periscope), “enclosing” or “surrounding” (pericardium), and “near” (perigee, perihelion), appearing in loanwords from Greek (peripeteia); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (perimorph).
Origin of peri-
Examples from the Web for peri
Peri, the top student in the ninth grade, waved off our translator and made it through most of the interview without help.
Peri somehow learned the English keyboard and used the program.
Gulnare was represented by a girl with the body of a Peri and the soul of a poetess.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
"I must congratulate you, Peri Banou," she said with sharp gayety.Miss Pat at School
Joe heard her and Peri sing and both were admitted in the choir.
Peri, didn't the—the Fat Woman ever tell you to respect your elders?
Don't you remember the grand Oriental ballet of the "Bulbul and the Peri?"The Wolves and the Lamb
William Makepeace Thackeray
- (in Persian folklore) one of a race of beautiful supernatural beings
- any beautiful fairy-like creature
- enclosing, encircling, or aroundpericardium; pericarp; perigon
- near or adjacentperihelion
Word Origin and History for peri
1777, from Persian pari, from Avestan pairika. Race of superhuman female beings originally represented as malevolent, later as angelic genii (cf. sense evolution of English fairy, to which it is not related).
word-forming element meaning "around, about, enclosing," from Greek peri (prep.) "around, about, beyond," cognate with Sanskrit pari "around, about, through," Latin per, from PIE *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).
- Around; about; enclosing:perimysium.
- A prefix that means: around (as in pericardium,) or near (as in perihelion).