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noun [C] uk   /ˈpɪə.ri.əd/  us   /ˈpɪr.i-/

period noun [C] (TIME)

B1 a length of time: Her work means that she spends long periods away from home. Unemployment in the first half of the year was 2.5 percent lower than in the same period the year before. 15 people were killed in/over a period of four days. The study will be carried out over a six-month period.B1 in school, a division of time in the day when a subject is taught: We have six periods of science a week. a fixed time during the life of a person or in history: Most teenagers go through a rebellious period. The house was built during the Elizabethan period.
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period noun [C] (BLOOD)

the bleeding from a woman's womb that happens once a month when she is not pregnant: period pains She'd missed a period and was worried.

period noun [C] (MARK)

mainly US (UK usually full stop) the symbol . used in writing at the end of a sentence or at the end of the short form of a word mainly US said at the end of a statement to show that you believe you have said all there is to say on a subject and you are not going to discuss it any more: There will be no more shouting, period!

period

adjective uk   /ˈpɪə.ri.əd/  us   /ˈpɪr.i-/
period costume/dress/furniture the clothes or furniture of a particular time in history: They performed "Julius Caesar" in period dress.
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