Definition of peri
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
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PERI, established in 1948, has 63,780 members throughout the state.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of peri
Persian perī fairy, genius, from Middle Persian parīk; akin to Avestan pairikā sorceress
First Known Use: 1739See Words from the same year
Definition of peri-
1 : all around : about periscope
2 : near perihelion
3 : enclosing : surrounding perineurium
Origin and Etymology of peri-
Latin, from Greek, around, in excess, from peri; akin to Greek peran to pass through — more at fare
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