Definition of peri in English:


nounPlural peris

  • (in Persian mythology) a mythical superhuman being, originally represented as evil but subsequently as a good or graceful genie or fairy.

    • ‘Her androgynous form traverses his art as Desdemona and Jason, Leda and Apollo, St Sebastian and Delilah, a dead poet and a peri, Helen of Troy and Ganymede, Jacob's angel and a Eumenide on the track of Orestes.’
    • ‘The angels, or peris, on the floorspread, very distinctive in style, are unusual motifs to find on an embroidery.’
    sprite, pixie, elf, imp, brownie, puck
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From Persian perī.