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peri

[peer-ee]
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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.
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Origin of peri

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

Peri

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

  1. 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).
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Origin of peri-

< Greek, prefixal use of perí (adv. and preposition)
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Related Words for peri

spright, nymph, pixie, elf, fay, goblin

Examples from the Web for peri

Contemporary Examples of peri

Historical Examples of peri

  • 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

    Pemberton Ginther

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for peri

peri

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

C18: from Persian: fairy, from Avestan pairikā witch

peri-

prefix
  1. enclosing, encircling, or aroundpericardium; pericarp; perigon
  2. near or adjacentperihelion
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Word Origin for peri-

from Greek peri around, near, about
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Word Origin and History for 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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peri-

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).

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peri in Medicine

peri-

pref.
  1. Around; about; enclosing:perimysium.
  2. Near:perinatal.
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peri in Science

peri-

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