peer

noun
\ ˈpir How to pronounce peer (audio) \

Definition of peer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : one that is of equal standing with another : equal The band mates welcomed the new member as a peer. especially : one belonging to the same societal group especially based on age, grade, or status teenagers spending time with their peers
2a : a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron) of the British peerage
b : noble sense 1 Peers and commoners alike were shown the same courtesy.
3 archaic : companion

peer

verb (1)
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to look narrowly or curiously a child peering from behind a tree especially : to look searchingly at something difficult to discern She peered into the dark closet looking for her missing shoe.
2 : to come slightly into view : emerge partly a vast white cloud, through which the sun peered— Francis Kingdon-Ward

peer

verb (2)
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from peer

Noun

peer adjective

Synonyms for peer

Synonyms: Noun

gentleman, grandee, lord, milord, nobleman

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Examples of peer in a Sentence

Noun

He was respected and admired by his peers. teenagers spending time with their peer groups

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Within each specialized field or group, members vote on the awards pertaining to their own peers. Time, "Everything to Know About the 2019 Emmys," 17 Sep. 2019 Those women faced more long-term health consequences compared to peers who had a voluntary first experience, according to the study in the JAMA Internal Medicine. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "For 1 in 16 US women, first sexual intercourse experience was rape, study says," 16 Sep. 2019 With the exception of USA Olympians Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, Marciniak is considered one of the top players in Florida, according to his peers. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Beach volleyball players take last tournament on Dig the Beach summer tour," 12 Sep. 2019 Present your On Assignment project to your peers, community members, and local experts. National Geographic, "Belize Expedition: Oceans and Underwater Exploration," 10 Sep. 2019 The company generally trades at high multiples relative to peers. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Bull vs. Bear: Can Slack Fend Off Microsoft and Recover from its Post-Listing Slump?," 5 Sep. 2019 Complaining to your peers hurts your brand and could eventually make its way back to your boss and damage the relationship even further. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "Your boss hates you. What do you do?," 3 Sep. 2019 In recent years, colleges across the country have expressed renewed interest in their democratic mission to build a diverse student body and expose students to their peers from different backgrounds. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "When College Plays Cupid for Roommates," 26 Aug. 2019 The manager’s question, an unimaginable one for many working in the West, seems a pretty natural one to his Chinese peers. Echo Huang, Quartz at Work, "In Obama’s “American Factory,” Chinese viewers glimpse their own labor problems," 26 Aug. 2019

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Meanwhile, Poulos and Ammann were peering in to see if their teammate was okay, WCET reported. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Climber Is 'Happy to Be Alive' After Falling Down Crevasse During Mount Rainier Descent," 17 Sep. 2019 An ad by Shas, the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party, sends the message home with a wallop: an elderly couple sit alone at their Sabbath table, peering across a sea of empty chairs. New York Times, "How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? The Question Shadows an Israeli Vote," 12 Sep. 2019 As the curiosity swirls, the Raiders haven’t wanted to let peering eyes in. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop, SI.com, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 Temperatures were perfect, with a soft slant of sun peering in above the cliffs. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Now you can kayak Arizona's famous Horseshoe Bend. Here's how.," 5 Sep. 2019 The angle of the photo allows you to peer directly down into the monster storm's eye. Doug Criss, CNN, "This photo of Hurricane Dorian's eye puts the monster storm's destructive power on full display," 4 Sep. 2019 As scientists peer further back in time and uncover evolutionary relationships in unprecedented detail, their findings are complicating the narrative of human history and rescuing some formerly missing chapters from obscurity. Wired, "Humans and Neanderthals Kept Breeding—and Breeding—for Ages," 1 Sep. 2019 As scientists peer further back in time and uncover evolutionary relationships in unprecedented detail, their findings are complicating the narrative of human history and rescuing some formerly missing chapters from obscurity. Quanta Magazine, "Fossil DNA Reveals New Twists in Modern Human Origins," 29 Aug. 2019 The carving depicts a Puritan and an Indian, peering around the column that separates them. Anthony Kronman, Twin Cities, "Anthony Kronman: Hiding the dark parts of our history on campuses is bad for our democracy," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of peer

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peer

Noun and Verb (2)

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

Verb (1)

perhaps by shortening & alteration from appear

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peer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peer

: a person who belongs to the same age group or social group as someone else
: a member of the British nobility

peer

verb
\ ˈpir How to pronounce peer (audio) \
peered; peering

Kids Definition of peer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to look curiously or carefully
2 : to come slightly into view : peep out

peer

noun

Kids Definition of peer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person of the same rank or kind : equal
2 : a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron) of the British nobility

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