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douzepers

[dooz-peerz] /ˈduzˌpɪərz/
plural noun, singular douzeper
[dooz-peer] /ˈduzˌpɪər/ (Show IPA)
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
1175-1225; Middle English dusze pers (plural) < Old French douze pers (plural) twelve equals. See dozen1, peer1
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douzepers

/ˈduːzˌpɛəz/
plural noun
1.
(French history) the 12 great peers of the realm, seen as the symbolic heirs of Charlemagne's 12 chosen peers
Word Origin
C13: from Old French douze pers; see dozen, peer1
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