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



Definition of peri- (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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,, "'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,, "'Das Paradies': A giant globular tear as ticket to heaven," 4 June 2018 Lucy Crowe brought ravishing brilliance to the peri. Mark Swed,, "'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 PERI, established in 1948, has 63,780 members throughout the state. Carol Kovach,, "Quench your thirst with a special Oldest Stone House soda or water: A Place in the Sun," 30 May 2017 If your view of modern French painting inclines to only Paris and Provence, this show will introduce you to a new peri-urban geography of places physically on the cusp of the French capital but socially far removed. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Alfred Sisley: The Unheralded Impressionist," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of peri


1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for peri


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


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

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