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[peer-is] /ˈpɪər ɪs/
the wife or widow of a peer.
a woman having in her own right the rank of a peer.
Origin of peeress
1680-90; peer1 + -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • An English peeress is a princess, and must dispense her wealth generously.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • In the first place, Herbert, I was never intended by nature to be a peeress.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The peeress by marriage prefixes her Christian name or initials to her husbands title.

  • If the peeress as a wife has no rights, what is the state of the cotter's wife?

    Lady Byron Vindicated Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • It would ill become me to speak in praise of Green Peas in presence of a peeress—who could not possibly understand the allusion!

    Mirror of the Months Peter George Patmore
  • Better have been admired as a governess than shunned as a peeress, which is what she will be.

    The Hand of Ethelberta Thomas Hardy
  • I know no lady, no peeress in England, who is half so beautiful, so clever as you—not one.

    A Mad Love Bertha M. Clay
  • "If I were a peeress, I would have them," she declared rather wistfully.

    The Great Miss Driver Anthony Hope
  • She knows that you are a peer of England, and that she is a peeress.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • No peeress, without announcing her title, was entitled to the privilege of her rank.

    Peveril of the Peak Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for peeress


the wife or widow of a peer
a woman holding the rank of a peer in her own right
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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