From Middle English periferie, from Old French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Ancient Greek περιφέρεια (periphéreia, “the line around the circle, circumference, part of a circle, an arc, the outer surface”), from περιφερής (peripherḗs, “moving around, round, circular”), from περιφέρω (periphérō, “I carry around, move around”), from περί (perí, “around, about, near”) (English peri-) + φέρω (phérō, “I bear, carry”).
periphery (plural peripheries)
- The outside boundary, parts or surface of something.
- The suburbs are a city's periphery.
- A first-rank administrative division of Greece, subdivided in provinces.