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peerage

[peer-ij] /ˈpɪər ɪdʒ/
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English perage. See peer1, -age
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for peerage

peerage

/ˈpɪərɪdʒ/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for peerage
n.

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

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