See also: περι-, περί-, and πέρι

Ancient Greek edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Indo-European *peri. Cognates include Sanskrit परि (pári), Latin per, Lithuanian per, English for, and Albanian për.

The genitive is from the PIE ablative of cause. The dative is from the locative. The accusative is like παρά (pará).

Pronunciation edit


Preposition edit

περῐ́ (perí) (governs the genitive, dative, and accusative)

  1. [+genitive]
    1. about, concerning, because of
  2. [+dative]
    1. around, for, about
  3. [+accusative]
    1. around (both in the circular sense and close proximity sense), near, about

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Greek: περί (perí)
  • Dutch: peri-
  • English: peri-
  • Finnish: peri-
  • French: péri-
  • Italian: peri-
  • Spanish: peri-

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Greek edit

Etymology edit

From Ancient Greek περί (perí).

Pronunciation edit

Preposition edit

περί (perí)

  1. (mathematics) about, approximately
    περί τις πεντακόσιες δραχμές
    perí tis pentakósies drachmés
    about five hundred drachmas
  2. about, concerning
    Δεν ήξερα περί τίνος πρόκειται.
    Den íxera perí tínos prókeitai.
    I didn't know what it was about.

Usage notes edit

  • In the second sense, the noun following this preposition always uses the genitive case.

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