- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for peer on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for peer
His explanation only diminishes the irresistible excitement we feel while watching Tony Perkins peer at Janet Leigh in her shower.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Notice how he says it is Gore who rejects “openness” and “peer review.”If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday
November 4, 2014
As I waited to speak to Manning, a cleaning woman poked her head out from one of the adjacent rooms to peer at me.‘Crazy’ Harlem Pastor Hates on Obama and Gays
September 28, 2014
In fact, this leader is roughly a peer of those once-influential figures.Meet The Democrats’ Secret Savior Against Cuomo Corporatism
September 14, 2014
Detectives are then ranked by past performance and peer reviews, gaining or losing influence with each case.Strangers Diagnose Your Illness and Get Cash in Return
August 15, 2014
And working men may keep the wall, and jostle prince and peer.
In the Peer's gallery were the foremost members of the House of Lords.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
His father was a peer of France, one of the old nobility, and a General of Engineers.Heroes of the Telegraph
Blinky snorted and stamped over to the window, stooping to peer at the machine.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
A peer, a minister, a stranger to the county,—to come all this way to consult him!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- 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 peer
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.