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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1770–80; <Persian perī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persian parīk,Avestan pairikā witch
Other definitions for peri (2 of 3)
[ pe-ree ]
/ ˈpɛ ri /
Ja·co·po[yah-kaw-paw], /ˈyɑ kɔ pɔ/, 1561–1633, Italian composer.
Other definitions for peri (3 of 3)
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)