Per·​se·​id ˈpər-sē-əd How to pronounce Perseid (audio)
: any of a group of meteors that appear annually about August 11

Examples of Perseid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kelly told us about being out with guests during the Perseid meteor shower, the drama downstairs matched by the fireworks above. Jesse Ashlock, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 May 2024 August 11 to August 13: Perseid meteor shower Along with the Geminids in December, the Perseid meteor shower is usually one of the most spectacular of the year. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Jan. 2024 In 2023, the list included the Perseid meteor shower, which peaked in North America in mid-August. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2023 The Orionids meteor shower peaked in October, with a debris trail from Halley’s comet, while the Perseid meteor shower reached its peak in August. Brian Bushard, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 For a special treat, visit in August when the Perseid meteor shower is active. Jean Chen Smith, Travel + Leisure, 1 Oct. 2023 Park officials expect about 2,000 people to come this weekend for the event, which was launched in 2015 and is held annually during the Perseid meteor shower. Alisa Tang, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2023 The Perseid showers, for instance, peaked Aug. 12 to 14, but some viewing events had to be rescheduled due to weather constraints. Alysa Guffey,, 25 Aug. 2023 August has been quite the month for stargazers — including the sights of two supermoons, the popular Perseid meteor shower, and the grand finale, a blue moon. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Latin Perseus; from their appearing to radiate from a point in Perseus

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Perseid was in 1871

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“Perseid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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