(noun, adjective, verb, interjection)


1. Appropriate for a given historical era.

2. (of a film, or play, or similar) Set in and designed to evoke a particular historical period, especially through the use of elaborate costumes and scenery.


1. (chiefly Canada, US) And nothing else; and nothing less; used for emphasis.

- When I say "eat your dinner," it means "eat your dinner," period!


1. an amount of time

- a time period of 30 years

- hastened the period of time of his recovery

- Picasso's blue period

Definition categories: time

2. the interval taken to complete one cycle of a regularly repeating phenomenon

Definition categories: time, interval

3. (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games

Definition categories: time, division, part, section

4. a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed

- ganoid fishes swarmed during the earlier geological periods

Definition categories: time

5. the end or completion of something

- death put a period to his endeavors

- a change soon put a period to my tranquility

Definition categories: time, end, ending

6. the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause

Similar word(s): catamenia, flow, menses, menstruation, menstruum

Definition categories: process, discharge, emission, expelling

7. a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations

- in England they call a period a stop

Similar word(s): point, stop

Definition categories: communication, punctuation

Sentences with period as a noun:

- There was a period of confusion following the announcement.

- You'll be on probation for a six-month period.

- Food rationing continued in the post-war period.

- When she is on her period, she prefers not to go swimming.

- This is one of the last paintings Picasso created during his Blue Period.

- I have math class in second period.

- Gretzky scored in the last minute of the second period.


1. (obsolete, intransitive) To come to a period; to conclude.

2. To put an end to.