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peri

[ peer-ee ]
/ ˈpɪər i /
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noun, plural pe·ris.
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.
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Origin of peri

1770–80; <Persian perī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persian parīk,Avestan pairikā witch

Other definitions for peri (2 of 3)

Peri
[ pe-ree ]
/ ˈpɛ ri /

noun
Ja·co·po [yah-kaw-paw], /ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/, 1561–1633, Italian composer.

Other definitions for peri (3 of 3)

peri-

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-

<Greek, prefixal use of perí (adv. and preposition)
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British Dictionary definitions for peri (1 of 2)

peri
/ (ˈpɪərɪ) /

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

Word Origin for peri

C18: from Persian: fairy, from Avestan pairikā witch

British Dictionary definitions for peri (2 of 2)

peri-

prefix
enclosing, encircling, or aroundpericardium; pericarp; perigon
near or adjacentperihelion

Word Origin for peri-

from Greek peri around, near, about
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Medical definitions for peri

peri-

pref.
Around; about; enclosing:perimysium.
Near:perinatal.
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Scientific definitions for peri

peri-

A prefix that means: “around” (as in pericardium,) or “near” (as in perihelion).
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