peri

noun
pe·​ri | \ ˈpir-ē How to pronounce peri (audio) \

Definition of peri

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a supernatural being in Persian folklore descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is accomplished
2 : a beautiful and graceful girl

peri-

prefix

Definition of peri- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : all around : about periscope
2 : near perihelion
3 : enclosing : surrounding perineurium

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Customers can have their peri chicken many ways: the whole bird, pieces, tenders, or in wraps, sandwiches, pitas and salads. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "Fremont lands California’s first Port of Peri Peri spicy chicken restaurant," 24 July 2019 Arctic and peri-Arctic shamanic practices have long involved moves into cave-spaces where the rock becomes not a barrier but a membrane to an afterlife or future existence. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "‘The Underland Is a Deeply Human Realm’: Getting Down with Robert Macfarlane," 20 June 2019 Only two of its six soloists can have specific roles, peri and angel. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 Arctic and peri-Arctic shamanic practices have long involved moves into cave-spaces where the rock becomes not a barrier but a membrane to an afterlife or future existence. Tobias Carroll, Longreads, "‘The Underland Is a Deeply Human Realm’: Getting Down with Robert Macfarlane," 20 June 2019 The peri travels, yes, to Kashmir, Cairo and Syria. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 Only two of its six soloists can have specific roles, peri and angel. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 Lucy Crowe brought ravishing brilliance to the peri. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 In reviewing Nyce's phone, investigators found other images of child pornography, including of a peri-pubescent girl touching herself, according to the charging documents. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Fallston man charged with possessing, distributing child pornography," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of peri

Noun

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peri

Noun

Persian perī fairy, genius, from Middle Persian parīk; akin to Avestan pairikā sorceress

Prefix

Latin, from Greek, around, in excess, from peri; akin to Greek peran to pass through — more at fare

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