Definition of periegesis in US English:

periegesis

noun

  • A description of a place or region; a survey. Also in extended use. rare before 19th cent.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Savile (1549–1622), mathematician and classical scholar. From Hellenistic Greek περιήγησις the action of leading about as a guide, a description such as that given by a guide, especially in work titles, already in ancient Greek denoting an outline from ancient Greek περι- + Hellenistic Greek ἥγησις leading, after ancient Greek περιηγεῖσθαι to lead round.

Pronunciation

periegesis

/ˌpɛrɪəˈdʒiːsɪs/