Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The rank, title, or jurisdiction of a peer or peeress; a duchy, marquisate, county, viscountcy, or barony.
  • n. Peers and peeresses considered as a group.
  • n. A book listing peers, peeresses, and their families.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Peers as a group; the nobility, aristocracy.
  • n. The rank or title of a peer or peeress.
  • n. A book listing such people and their families.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The rank or dignity of a peer.
  • n. The body of peers; the nobility, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The rank or dignity of a peer.
  • n. The body of peers.
  • n. [capitalized] A book containing a detailed historical and genealogical account of the peers and their connections: as, Burke's “Peerage.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the peers of a kingdom considered as a group

Etymologies

From peer +‎ -age. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • France which we call the peerage, and his intelligent legs rest on the velvet benches of the Luxembourg.

    The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete

  • January 6th, 2010 at 2: 51 pm psuedononymous in nc: And things in America would be quite a bit more difficult, since it would require a Constitutional amendment (3/4 of the states), and the obvious analogue to elevating Liberals to the peerage is to create new states, and you need the approval of the Senate to do that.

    Matthew Yglesias » Quote of the Day

  • If you have studied Debrett at all, you know as well as I do that the peerage is one of those old English ones which date back some six hundred years, and that the present Lady d'Alboukirk is a baroness in her own right, the title and estates descending to heirs-general.

    Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

  • The Government should call another peerage into being to redress the balance of the old, and call it the Third Millennium Peerage.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • A general who fights well in order to get a peerage is a mercenary; a general who fights for victory is not, victory being the proper reward of battle as marriage is the proper reward of love.

    Loving God

  • The Prime Minister is right to explain that a peerage is a political office rather than a conventional honour.

    Cash for peerages

  • He was taunted with being a willing agent of men whom he did not esteem, and his acceptance of a peerage was a never-failing source of invective.

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. From George III. to Victoria

  • Indeed, it is not too much to say that for plebeian merit the only available avenues to the peerage are the Church and the Bar.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 70, August, 1863

  • -- The peerage is the park-paling of despotism, arranged to keep in creatures tame and wild for luxury and diversion, and to keep out the people.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 330, April 1843

  • Meanwhile, permit me to remind you that 'tis inexpedient to loiter in these parts, for the parson will presently be at hand; and if it be to inter rather than to marry Lord Humphrey -- well, after all, the peerage is a populous estate!

    Gallantry Dizain des Fetes Galantes

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