[ peer-is ]
See synonyms for peeress on
  1. the wife or widow of a peer.

  2. a woman having in her own right the rank of a peer.

Origin of peeress

First recorded in 1680–90; peer2 + -ess

usage note For peeress

See -ess.

Words Nearby peeress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use peeress in a sentence

  • Nevertheless she triumphed; he had made her a peeress, and she did care for that; she cared also for the broad lands of Hartledon.

    Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Why should not a peeress feel herself as properly placed among her peers as the Queen seated at her Council?

  • He afterwards was made secretary of state, married a peeress, and spent his last days at Holland House.

  • But Lady Shrewsbury was a peeress and the widow of a Talbot, and criminal rank in those days was banished not executed.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • My father set my sister up in business as a British peeress and bought her her husband and settled a whacking dower on her.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for peeress


/ (ˈpɪərɪs) /

  1. the wife or widow of a peer

  2. a woman holding the rank of a peer in her own right

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