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

First recorded in 1425–75, peerage is from the late Middle English word perage. See peer1, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peerage

Contemporary Examples of peerage

Historical Examples of peerage

  • And I was within an ace of becoming an ornament of the British peerage.

  • A Peerage, half composed of journalists, philosophers, and authors!

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for peerage



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

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

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