- The definition of a periphery is a boundary of an area, or the surrounding space of an area.
An example of a periphery is a patio that goes around a pool.
- a boundary line, esp. that of a rounded figure; perimeter
- an outside surface, esp. that of a rounded object or body
- surrounding space or area; outer parts; environs or outskirts
- Anat. the area surrounding a nerve ending
Origin of peripheryMiddle French peripherie ; from Late Latin peripheria ; from Classical Greek periphereia ; from peripherēs, moving around ; from peri-, around + pherein, to bear
- A line that forms the boundary of an area; a perimeter.
- The outside surface of an object.
- The area along a boundary; the margin. See Synonyms at circumference.
- An area of secondary status or lesser importance: works that have been relegated to the periphery of literary studies.
Origin of peripheryMiddle English periferie, from Medieval Latin periferia, from Late Latin peripherīa, from Greek periphereia, from peripherēs, carrying around : peri-, peri- + pherein, to carry; see bher-1 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English periferie, from Old French peripherie, from Late Latin peripheria, from Ancient Greek περιφέρεια (periphereia, “the line around the circle, circumference, part of a circle, an arc, the outer surface”), from περιφερής (peripherēs, “moving around, round, circular”), from περιφέρω (peripherō, “I carry around, move around”), from περί (peri) (English peri-) + φέρω (pherō, “I bear, carry”).