peri [peer-ee] ExamplesWord Origin noun, plural pe·ris.
- 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.
- any lovely, graceful person.
Origin of peri 1770–80; Persian perī, variant of parī fairy, Middle Persian parīk, Avestan pairikā witch Related Words for peris, , , , , Examples from the Web for peris Historical Examples of peris
Peris, in Persian story fairies, descended from the fallen angels.
This maiden, said she, was my favourite of all the Peris that once attended me.
She had dreamt that she swam across the river enticed by the singing of the Peris.
If it were not peris, they would certainly have searched him for his diamonds.
Then I came out of my hiding, took a little of her dung and conveyed it to the peris.
British Dictionary definitions for peris peri noun plural -ris
- (in Persian folklore) one of a race of beautiful supernatural beings
- any beautiful fairy-like creature
Word Origin for peri C18: from Persian: fairy, from Avestan pairikā witch Word Origin and History for peris peri n.
1777, from Persian pari, from Avestan pairika. Race of superhuman female beings originally represented as malevolent, later as angelic genii (cf. sense evolution of English, to which it is not related).