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peri (PEER-ee) noun Pronunciation RealAudio

1. A fairy in Persian mythology.

2. A beautiful, graceful girl or woman.

[From Persian peri, variant of pari (fairy), from Avestan pairika (witch or female demon.]

See more usage examples of peri in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"'I am unworthy of such gifts,' he said to the peris." Amy Friedman; Simple Act of Generosity Multiplies, Returns; The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia); Jan 19, 2003.

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