• synonyms


[ pur-see-id ]
/ ˈpɜr si ɪd /

noun Astronomy.

any of a shower of meteors appearing in August and radiating from a point in the constellation Perseus.

Origin of Perseid

1875–80; Perse(us) + -id1, or directly < Greek Perseídēs offspring of Perseus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for perseid

  • For this reason, Leverrier pronounced, in 1867, the Perseid to be of older formation than the Leonid system.

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century|Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
  • A dawdling August Perseid scratched a thin mark of light across the blackness.

    Vigorish|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The Perseid meteors sometimes fall at the rate of about sixty per hour.

    Astronomy of To-day|Cecil G. Dolmage
  • Secondly, that it was a new power which he erected, and that he was not merely the transferee of the power of the Perseid line.

British Dictionary definitions for perseid


/ (ˈpɜːsɪɪd) /


any member of a meteor shower occurring annually around August 12th and appearing to radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus

Word Origin for Perseid

C19: from Greek Persēides daughters of Perseus 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for perseid



meteor from an annual shower that appears to radiate from the constellation Perseus, 1867, from Modern Latin Perseides (plural), from Greek Perseis "daughter of Perseus" (see Perseus; also see -id). The name might have been introduced in English via the writings of Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli. Other recorded old names for them in English include August meteors and Tears of St. Lawrence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper