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  • n. Plural form of peeress.


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  • Also present in the House of Lords were the peeresses, whose galleries lined both sides of the Upper Chamber, foreign Ambassadors, invited guests (“Strangers”), and reporters, who each also possessed galleries of their own.

    Daily Life in the British Parliament: The House of Lords | Edwardian Promenade

  • Princes and peeresses merged with paupers and prostitutes.

    One Simple Act

  • Wives of life barons, who are known as peeresses, are automatically allowed to use the courtesy title of Lady before their surname under current rules.

    Archive 2007-12-23

  • Self is the leading principle in all characters bred to opulence; the distinction of high birth is no longer regarded, or even respected; and when the wives and daughters of mercantile men are to be allowed on a level with peeresses, is it to be wondered at, that all difference is forgotten?

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • Have not their prison cages been suspended from the battlements of castles, that their captivity might be kept in view of every base burgher, who should desire to look upon the miseries of the noblest peeresses, yea, even the Queen of Scotland?

    Castle Dangerous

  • As to the aristocracy of our order, made of the finer clay-porcelain peers and peeresses; — the slabs, and panels, and table-tops, and tazze; the endless nobility and gentry of dessert, breakfast, and tea services; the gemmed perfume bottles, and scarlet and gold salvers; you saw that they were painted by artists, with metallic colours laid on with camel-hair pencils, and afterwards burnt in.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • Was it when the crown was put on her head or the acclamation of the King by the peers and peeresses?

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  • I avoided a glitter as much as I could, that I might not seem to vie with the two peeresses. —


  • Duchesses crowd upon him, beautiful, bold peeresses say in their beautiful, clear loud voices — have you noticed how penetrating the great lady is becoming nowadays? — ‘Oh, Mr. Filmer, how DID you do it?’

    Twelve Stories and a Dream, by H. G. Wells

  • Butchers and bakers drove as freely herein as peers and peeresses.

    The Hand of Ethelberta


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