peri: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pēr'ē), [key]
— pl. -ris.
  1. one of a large group of beautiful, fairylike beings of Persian mythology, represented as descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until their penance is accomplished.
  2. any lovely, graceful person.


Pronunciation: (pe'rē), [key]
  1. 1561–1633, Italian composer.


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a prefix meaning “about” or “around” (perimeter, periscope), “enclosing” or “surrounding” (pericardium), and “near” (perigee, perihelion), appearing in loanwords from Greek (peripeteia); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (perimorph).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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