English - Etymology 1
From Middle English perfit, from Old French parfit (modern: parfait), from Latin perfectus, perfect passive participle of perficere (“to finish”), from per- (“through, thorough”) + facere (“to do, to make”). Spelling modified 15c. to conform Latin etymology.
- Fitting its definition precisely.
- Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.
- Without fault or mistake; thoroughly skilled or talented.
Excellent and delightful in all respects.
1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapter1:
- (grammar, of a tense or verb form) Representing a completed action.
- (biology) Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
- (botany) Of flowers, having both male (stamens) and female (carpels) parts.
- (analysis) Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A'.
- (music) Describing an interval or any compound interval of a unison, octave, or fourths and fifths that are not tritones.
- (of a cocktail) Made with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
- (obsolete) Well informed; certain; sure.
- (fitting its definition precisely): accurate, flawless
- (without fault or mistake): faultless, infallible
- (thoroughly skilled or talented): expert, proficient
- (biology: sexually mature and fully differentiated): mature
- (botany: having both male and female parts): bisexual, hermaphroditic
- See also Wikisaurus:flawless
- (fitting its definition precisely): flawed
- (without fault or mistake): faulty, faultful, fallible
- (botany: having both male and female parts): imperfect
- future perfect
- nobody's perfect
- past perfect
- perfect number
- perfect pitch
- practice makes perfect
- present perfect
English - Etymology 2
- (transitive) To make perfect; to improve or hone.
- (law) To take an action, usually the filing of a document in the correct venue, that secures a legal right.
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Romanian - Etymology
Romanian - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): [perˈfekt]
Romanian - Adjective