from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Persian mythology, a beautiful and benevolent supernatural being or fairy, earlier regarded as malevolent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a sprite or supernatural being in Persian mythology.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imaginary being, male or female, like an elf or fairy, represented as a descendant of fallen angels, excluded from paradise till penance is accomplished.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Pers. myth., an elf or fairy, male or female, represented as a descendant of fallen angels, excluded from Paradise till their penance is accomplished.
- In heraldry, reduced in size: generally equivalent to couped. Cuzzens, Handbook of Heraldry.
- A prefix in words of Greek origin or formation, meaning ‘around,’ ‘about,’ ‘near,’ equivalent to circum- of Latin origin, as in periphery equivalent to circumference, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Persian folklore) a supernatural being descended from fallen angels and excluded from paradise until penance is done
- n. a beautiful and graceful girl
Persian parī, from Pahlavi parīk, malevolent sprite, from Avestan pairikā, a kind of female demon.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Persian پری (pari), from Middle Persian, from Avestan (parikā) "witch". (Wiktionary)