life peer


Definition of life peer

: a British peer whose title is not hereditary

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Other Words from life peer

life peerage noun

Examples of life peer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web May chose to make Darroch a life peer -- a member of the House of Lords -- in her resignation honors list, a tradition of British politics that grants an outgoing Prime Minister the right to reward anyone of their choosing. Rob Picheta, CNN, "British ambassador targeted by Trump is made a lord by Theresa May," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of life peer

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of life peer was in 1791

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“Life peer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of life peer

: a British peer (sense 2) who has the title "Lord" or "Lady" for life but cannot pass it on to another person after death

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