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peri

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noun, plural pe·ris.
  1. 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.
  2. any lovely, graceful person.

Origin of peri

1770–80; < Persian perī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persian parīk, Avestan pairikā witch
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Examples from the Web for peris

Historical Examples

  • Peris, in Persian story fairies, descended from the fallen angels.

    Keats: Poems Published in 1820

    John Keats

  • This maiden, said she, was my favourite of all the Peris that once attended me.

  • She had dreamt that she swam across the river enticed by the singing of the Peris.

  • If it were not peris, they would certainly have searched him for his diamonds.

  • Then I came out of my hiding, took a little of her dung and conveyed it to the peris.


British Dictionary definitions for peris

peri

noun plural -ris
  1. (in Persian folklore) one of a race of beautiful supernatural beings
  2. any beautiful fairy-like creature

Word Origin

C18: from Persian: fairy, from Avestan pairikā witch
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Word Origin and History for peris

peri

n.

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).

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