Definitions for peripherypəˈrɪf ə ri

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pe•riph•er•ypəˈrɪf ə ri(n.)(pl.)-er•ies.

  1. the boundary or perimeter of any surface or area.

  2. the external surface of a body.

    Category: Anatomy

  3. the outskirts of a city or urban area.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. the minor or superficial aspects of a question.

Origin of periphery:

1350–1400; ME periferie < LL peripherīa < Gk periphéreia circumference, lit., a bearing round =peri-peri - +phér(ein) to bear1+-eia -y3

Princeton's WordNet

  1. periphery, fringe, outer boundary(noun)

    the outside boundary or surface of something


  1. periphery(Noun)

    The outside boundary, parts or surface of something.

    The suburbs are a city's periphery

  2. periphery(Noun)

    A first-rank administrative division of Greece, subdivided in provinces.

  3. Origin: From periferie, from peripherie, from peripheria, from περιφέρεια, from περιφερής, from περιφέρω, from περί + φέρω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Periphery(noun)

    the outside or superficial portions of a body; the surface

  2. Periphery(noun)

    the circumference of a circle, ellipse, or other figure

Translations for periphery

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually in singular with the ) the edge (of something)

The shops are on the periphery of the housing estate.

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