peerage

[peer-ij]
noun
1.
the body of peers of a country or state.
2.
the rank or dignity of a peer.
3.
a book listing the peers and giving their genealogies.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English perage. See peer1, -age

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peerage (ˈpɪərɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  the whole body of peers; aristocracy
2.  the position, rank, or title of a peer
3.  (esp in the British Isles) a book listing the peers and giving genealogical and other information about them

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And as for the coronation of a monarch, it is a ceremony which revolves around the hereditary peerage.
The same thing might have been said of fully half the peerage.
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