douzeper

douzepers

[dooz-peerz]
plural noun, singular douzeper [dooz-peer] .
1.
French Legend. the 12 peers or paladins represented in old romances as attendants of Charlemagne.
2.
French History. the 12 great spiritual and temporal peers of France, taken to represent those of Charlemagne.
Also, douceperes.


Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English dusze pers (plural) < Old French douze pers (plural) twelve equals. See dozen1, peer1

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douzepers (ˈduːzˌpɛəz)
 
pl n
French history the 12 great peers of the realm, seen as the symbolic heirs of Charlemagne's 12 chosen peers
 
[C13: from Old French douze pers; see dozen, peer1]

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