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peeress

[peer-is]
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noun
  1. the wife or widow of a peer.
  2. a woman having in her own right the rank of a peer.
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Origin of peeress

First recorded in 1680–90; peer1 + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words for peeress

aristocrat, lady, peeress, gentlewoman, empress, queen, baroness, marquise, archduchess, countess, duchess, princess, contessa

Examples from the Web for peeress

Historical Examples of peeress

  • In the first place, Herbert, I was never intended by nature to be a peeress.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • An English peeress is a princess, and must dispense her wealth generously.

  • She knows that you are a peer of England, and that she is a peeress.

  • To be the rival of a peeress; that peeress a duchess; that duchess the lady of the viceroy!

    Jack Hinton

    Charles James Lever

  • I would rather he were an earl, and I a peeress in his right.


British Dictionary definitions for peeress

peeress

noun
  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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