the wife or widow of a peer.
a woman having in her own right the rank of a peer.

Origin of peeress

First recorded in 1680–90; peer1 + -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the wife or widow of a peer
a woman holding the rank of a peer in her own right
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