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.

Nearby words

  1. pergonal,
  2. perh.,
  3. perhaps,
  4. perhydrogenate,
  5. perhydrogenize,
  6. peri, jacopo,
  7. peri-,
  8. peri-infarction block,
  9. periadenitis,
  10. periadenitis mucosa necrotica recurrens

Origin of peri

1770–80; < Persian perī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persian parīk, Avestan pairikā witch Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for peris


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

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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).

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