noun peri·ak·tos \ˌperēˈaktəs\

Definition of periaktos



  1. :  a 3-sided revolving apparatus painted with scenery and used at each side of the stage in ancient Greek theaters

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of periaktos

Greek, from periaktos revolving, from periagein to lead around, turn around, from peri- + agein to lead, drive — more at agent

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up periaktos? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!