- 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
Examples from the Web for peris
Peris, in Persian story fairies, descended from the fallen angels.Keats: Poems Published in 1820
This maiden, said she, was my favourite of all the Peris that once attended me.Wonder Tales from Many Lands
She had dreamt that she swam across the river enticed by the singing of the Peris.The Slaves of the Padishah
If it were not peris, they would certainly have searched him for his diamonds.The Lion of Janina
Then I came out of my hiding, took a little of her dung and conveyed it to the peris.The Brown Fairy Book
- (in Persian folklore) one of a race of beautiful supernatural beings
- any beautiful fairy-like creature
Word Origin and History for peris
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).