1 [peer]
a person of the same legal status: a jury of one's peers.
a person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status.
something of equal worth or quality: a sky-scraper without peer.
a nobleman.
a member of any of the five degrees of the nobility in Great Britain and Ireland (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron).
Archaic. a companion.

1175–1225; Middle English per < Old French per < Latin pār equal Unabridged


2 [peer]
verb (used without object)
to look narrowly or searchingly, as in the effort to discern clearly.
to peep out or appear slightly.
to come into view.

1585–95; perhaps aphetic variant of appear

peeringly, adverb

1. See peep1. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
peer1 (pɪə)
1.  a member of a nobility; nobleman
2.  See also life peer a person who holds any of the five grades of the British nobility: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron
3.  a.  a person who is an equal in social standing, rank, age, etc
 b.  (as modifier): peer pressure
4.  archaic a companion; mate
[C14 (in sense 3): from Old French per, from Latin pār equal]

peer2 (pɪə)
1.  to look intently with or as if with difficulty: to peer into the distance
2.  to appear partially or dimly: the sun peered through the fog
[C16: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "an equal in civil standing or rank" (1215 in Anglo-L.), from Anglo-Fr. peir, O.Fr. per (10c.), from L. par "equal." Sense of "noble" (1382) is from Charlemagne's Twelve Peers in the old romances, like knights of the Round Table, originally so called because all were equal. Sociological sense
of "one of the same age group or social set" is from 1944. Peerage first recorded 1454. Peer review is first recorded 1971.

1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from E. Fris. piren "to look," of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by M.E. peren (late 14c.), aphetic form of aperen (see appear).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Performance Efficiency Evaluation Report

  2. Program for Extraordinary Experience Research

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  pre-shelled peers.
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Even so, the notes he left behind show that he was far ahead of his peers.
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