[peer-ee] /ˈpɪər i/

noun, plural peris.
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.
noun (pl) -ris
(in Persian folklore) one of a race of beautiful supernatural beings
any beautiful fairy-like creature

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 fairy, to which it is not related).
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