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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
  • And I was within an ace of becoming an ornament of the British peerage.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • 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
  • I hope he will be elevated in the peerage: he looks as if he wanted it so!

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • The original mansion was built by a person named Finch, one of whose descendants was promoted to the peerage.

  • He had read about her in a peerage at his sister's book-shop the previous day.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
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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