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[peer-ij] /ˈpɪər ɪdʒ/
the body of peers of a country or state.
the rank or dignity of a peer.
a book listing the peers and giving their genealogies.
Origin of peerage
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English perage. See peer1, -age Unabridged
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  • But we were not sure if the peerage ate preserves—much less knew how they were made.

    Cranford Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • The fate of a young empire but slightly moved the British peerage.

  • Having made this quite unwarranted assumption, the letter went on to suggest that I should ask Conroy if he would like a peerage.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • He asked for the Red Riband, an Irish peerage, and a pension of 3,000ℓ.

    The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) Charles C. F. Greville
  • The original mansion was built by a person named Finch, one of whose descendants was promoted to the peerage.

  • On May 13, Cecil was raised to the peerage, as a sign of royal favour.

    Raleigh Edmund Gosse
British Dictionary definitions for peerage


the whole body of peers; aristocracy
the position, rank, or title of a peer
(esp in the British Isles) a book listing the peers and giving genealogical and other information about them
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Word Origin and History for peerage

mid-15c., "peers collectively," from peer (n.) + -age. Probably on model of Old French parage.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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