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peer

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noun \ˈpir\

Simple Definition of peer

  • : a person who belongs to the same age group or social group as someone else

  • : a member of the British nobility

Full Definition of peer

  1. 1 :  one that is of equal standing with another :  equal; especially :  one belonging to the same societal group especially based on age, grade, or status

  2. 2 archaic :  companion

  3. 3 a :  a member of one of the five ranks (as duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron) of the British peerage b :  noble 1

peer adjective

Examples of peer

  1. He was respected and admired by his peers.

  2. teenagers spending time with their peer groups



Origin of peer

Middle English, from Anglo-French per, from per, adjective, equal, from Latin par


First Known Use: 13th century


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peer

verb

Definition of peer

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  rival, match



14th Century

First Known Use of peer

14th century


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peer

verb

Definition of peer

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to look narrowly or curiously; especially :  to look searchingly at something difficult to discern

  3. 2 :  to come slightly into view :  emerge partly



Origin of peer

perhaps by shortening & alteration from appear


First Known Use: 1580



PEER Defined for Kids

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peer

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verb \ˈpir\

Definition of peer

peeredpeer·ing

  1. 1 :  to look curiously or carefully

  2. 2 :  to come slightly into view :  peep out




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peer

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noun

Definition of peer

  1. 1 :  a person of the same rank or kind :  equal

  2. 2 :  a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron) of the British nobility





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