- a person of the same legal status: a jury of one's peers.
- a person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status.
- something of equal worth or quality: a sky-scraper without peer.
- a nobleman.
- a member of any of the five degrees of the nobility in Great Britain and Ireland (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron).
- Archaic. a companion.
Origin of peer1
- to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
- to peep out or appear slightly.
- to come into view.
Origin of peer2
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Examples from the Web for peers
His peers remember him as a bright man who spoke softly and occasionally came across as a bit shy.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Yet, what my peers do not realize – or cannot handle – is that rejection is a necessary part of forging a romantic relationships.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
From his purview, our visit and interest had brought excitement to him and his peers.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Story meetings with my peers are usually a matter of tossing out many ideas until the right one hits.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Dardagan and his peers are the first to admit that local media reports often are speculative in the extreme.ISIS Fighters Are Killing Faster than Statisticians Can Count
December 5, 2014
Tories and Peers especially were enraged, and regarded themselves as baffled.
Peers, Commons, and visitors filled the floor and galleries.
If the nation was determined it would not be baffled by the Peers.
Is rhyme unnatural from the lips of their peers and paladins?
Your peers will probably be of the opinion that you display a commendable prudence.Scaramouche
- a member of a nobility; nobleman
- a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baronSee also life peer
- a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
- (as modifier)peer pressure
- archaic a companion; mate
- to look intently with or as if with difficultyto peer into the distance
- to appear partially or dimlythe sun peered through the fog
Word Origin and History for peers
c.1300, "an equal in rank or status" (early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French peir, Old French per (10c.), from Latin par "equal" (see par (n.)). Sense of "a noble" (late 14c.) is from Charlemagne's Twelve Peers in the old romances, who, like the Arthurian knights of the Round Table, originally were so called because all were equal. Sociological sense of "one of the same age group or social set" is from 1944. Peer review attested by 1970. Peer pressure is first recorded 1971.
"to look closely," 1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from East Frisian piren "to look," of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by Middle English peren (late 14c.), shortened form of aperen (see appear). Related: Peered; peering.