[ peer-ij ]
/ ˈpɪər ɪdʒ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. peer of the realm,
  2. peer pressure,
  3. peer review,
  4. peer-to-peer,
  5. peer-to-peer network,
  6. peerce,
  7. peerce, jan,
  8. peeress,
  9. peerie,
  10. peerless

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

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British Dictionary definitions for peerage


/ (ˈpɪərɪdʒ) /


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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