life peer


: a British peer whose title is not hereditary
life peerage noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He was awarded France’s Legion of Honor in 1986, knighted in 1991 and named a life peer, Baron Rogers of Riverside, five years later. Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2021 He was knighted in 1991 and made a life peer in 1996. New York Times, 18 Dec. 2021 In 1996, he was made a life peer for the Labour Party and created Baron Rogers of Riverside. Jonny Hallam, CNN, 18 Dec. 2021 Lord Black of Crossharbour (his full title when he was made a life peer in 2001) was chairman of Hollinger International, the media company that owned, among other publications, the Daily Telegraph and the Chicago Sun-Times. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2020 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, 10 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of life peer was in 1791

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Cite this Entry

“Life peer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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