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[peer-ij] /ˈpɪər ɪdʒ/

the body of peers of a country or state.
the rank or dignity of a peer.
a book listing the peers and giving their genealogies.
the whole body of peers; aristocracy
the position, rank, or title of a peer
(esp in the British Isles) a book listing the peers and giving genealogical and other information about them

mid-15c., “peers collectively,” from peer (n.) + -age. Probably on model of Old French parage.


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