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peerage

[peer-ij] /ˈpɪər ɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the body of peers of a country or state.
2.
the rank or dignity of a peer.
3.
a book listing the peers and giving their genealogies.
Origin of peerage
late Middle English
1425-1475
First recorded in 1425-75, peerage is from the late Middle English word perage. See peer1, -age
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  • And I was within an ace of becoming an ornament of the British peerage.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • A peerage, half composed of journalists, philosophers, and authors!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I hope he will be elevated in the peerage: he looks as if he wanted it so!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • He had read about her in a peerage at his sister's book-shop the previous day.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • I can only say, sir, that with your principles you would not marry into the peerage.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • She fancied she was getting a hero, with a peerage in the distance.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for peerage

peerage

/ˈpɪərɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the whole body of peers; aristocracy
2.
the position, rank, or title of a peer
3.
(esp in the British Isles) a book listing the peers and giving genealogical and other information about them
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Word Origin and History for peerage
n.

mid-15c., "peers collectively," from peer (n.) + -age. Probably on model of Old French parage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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