peer

1
[ peer ]
/ pɪər /

noun

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 peer

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1175–1225; Middle English per < Old French per < Latin pār equal

Definition for peer (2 of 2)

peer2
[ peer ]
/ pɪər /

verb (used without object)

to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
to peep out or appear slightly.
to come into view.

Origin of peer

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First recorded in 1585–95; perhaps aphetic variant of appear

OTHER WORDS FROM peer

peer·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for peer (1 of 2)

peer1
/ (pɪə) /

noun

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
  1. a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
  2. (as modifier)peer pressure
archaic a companion; mate

Word Origin for peer

C14 (in sense 3): from Old French per, from Latin pār equal

British Dictionary definitions for peer (2 of 2)

peer2
/ (pɪə) /

verb (intr)

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 for peer

C16: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes
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