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[peer] /pɪər/
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.
Origin of peer1
1175-1225; Middle English per < Old French per < Latin pār equal


[peer] /pɪər/
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
Related forms
peeringly, adverb
1. See peep1 . Unabridged
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  • Nuts that you shell yourself are sweeter, richer and mellower than their pre-shelled peers.
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  • Spending extended time with peers only, rather than an range of ages, could also be a factor.
  • They use feedback from their peers to create the final drawing or model.
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  • You're an expert because all your peers recognize you as such.
  • The real change peers down from every lamppost, rooftop, and street sign.
  • One concluded that kindergartners who are identified as troubled do as well academically as their peers in elementary school.
British Dictionary definitions for peers


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


verb (intransitive)
to look intently with or as if with difficulty: to peer into the distance
to appear partially or dimly: the sun peered through the fog
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish pieren to look with narrowed eyes
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Word Origin and History for peers



c.1300, "an equal in rank or status" (early 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Anglo-French peir, Old French per (10c.), from Latin par "equal" (see par (n.)). Sense of "a noble" (late 14c.) is from Charlemagne's Twelve Peers in the old romances, who, like the Arthurian knights of the Round Table, originally were so called because all were equal. Sociological sense of "one of the same age group or social set" is from 1944. Peer review attested by 1970. Peer pressure is first recorded 1971.


"to look closely," 1590s, variant of piren (late 14c.), with a long -i-, probably related to or from East Frisian piren "to look," of uncertain origin. Influenced in form and sense by Middle English peren (late 14c.), shortened form of aperen (see appear). Related: Peered; peering.

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Related Abbreviations for peers


  1. Performance Efficiency Evaluation Report
  2. Program for Extraordinary Experience Research
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