Definitions for: Peer


[n] a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
[n] (British) a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage
[v] look searchingly; "We peered into the back of the shop to see whether a salesman was around"



Webster (1913) Definition: Peer, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Peered; p. pr. & vb. n.
Peering.] [OF. parir, pareir equiv. to F. para[^i]tre to
appear, L. parere. Cf. Appear.]
1. To come in sight; to appear. [Poetic]

So honor peereth in the meanest habit. --Shak.

See how his gorget peers above his gown! --B.
Jonson.

2. [Perh. a different word; cf. OE. piren, LG. piren. Cf.
Pry to peep.] To look narrowly or curiously or intently;
to peep; as, the peering day. --Milton.

Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads.
--Shak.

As if through a dungeon grate he peered.
--Coleridge.


Peer, n. [OE. per, OF. per, F. pair, fr. L. par equal.
Cf. Apparel, Pair, Par, n., Umpire.]
1. One of the same rank, quality, endowments, character,
etc.; an equal; a match; a mate.

In song he never had his peer. --Dryden.

Shall they consort only with their peers? --I.
Taylor.

2. A comrade; a companion; a fellow; an associate.

He all his peers in beauty did surpass. --Spenser.

3. A nobleman; a member of one of the five degrees of the
British nobility, namely, duke, marquis, earl, viscount,
baron; as, a peer of the realm.

A noble peer of mickle trust and power. --Milton.

House of Peers, The Peers, the British House of Lords.
See Parliament.

Spiritual peers, the bishops and archibishops, or lords
spiritual, who sit in the House of Lords.


Peer v. t.
To make equal in rank. [R.] --Heylin.


Peer v. t.
To be, or to assume to be, equal. [R.]

Synonyms: compeer, equal, match

See Also: associate, backup, backup man, Baron, baronage, Charles Cornwallis, coeval, contemporary, Cornwallis, Duke, Earl, Earl Marshal, fill-in, First Marquess Cornwallis, human, individual, life peer, look, Lord, Marquess, mortal, noble, nobleman, peer group, peer of the realm, peerage, person, relief, reliever, replacement, somebody, someone, soul, stand-in, substitute, successor, townsman, Viscount, viscountess

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