- the body of peers of a country or state.
- the rank or dignity of a peer.
- a book listing the peers and giving their genealogies.
Origin of peerage
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Examples from the Web for peerage
It was intended, instead, to be based on “peerage,” where all players are equal.How Four Upstarts Built and Crashed the Anti-Facebook
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Think aesthetics as politics, and academic credentials as peerage.‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate
March 24, 2014
Duchess is the highest rank in the English peerage (in descending order the ranks go duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron).Kate Middleton: Why Be a Duchess When You Can Be a Princess?
August 5, 2013
But Blair has said publicly that he does not want a peerage.Tony Blair May Be Planning a Political Comeback but in What Role It’s Hard to Imagine
May 5, 2012
And I was within an ace of becoming an ornament of the British peerage.The Bacillus of Beauty
A Peerage, half composed of journalists, philosophers, and authors!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
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
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
- the whole body of peers; aristocracy
- the position, rank, or title of a peer
- (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
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