: the rank or dignity of a peer
: a book containing a list of peers with their genealogy, history, and titles
Examples of PEERAGE
- He was given the peerage after years of devoted service to the community.
First Known Use of PEERAGE
peerage noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Body of peers or titled nobility in Britain. The five ranks, in descending order, are duke, marquess, earl (see count), viscount, and baron. Until 1999, peers were entitled to sit in the House of Lords and exempted from jury duty. Titles may be hereditary or granted for life.
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