peer

noun
\ˈpir \

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Its bad-loan ratio is one of the highest among its peers. Anto Antony, Bloomberg.com, "ICICI Bank CEO Kochhar to Go on Leave as Allegations Probed," 19 June 2018 Among my peers, this is the big shift from World Cups prior. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Confessions of a World Cup Widow," 15 June 2018 The announcement also came two days after Casey was voted by his peers as NBA coach of the year. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "5 things to know about new Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey," 11 June 2018 The Grammys ostensibly reward artists who are well-respected by their peers, regardless of sales. refinery29.com, "Why The Billboard Music Awards Are Better Than The Grammys," 14 May 2018 Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is scheduled to tell her peers this weekend about how her state is using its National Guard to help test and shore up cybersecurity for elections. CBS News, "Top state election officials meet amid security concerns," 14 July 2018 In addition to remembering the victims on social media, students memorialized their peers at prom and took time to honor them at graduation. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Parkland Survivors Remember Jaime Guttenberg on Her Birthday," 14 July 2018 The vitriolic hate is disturbing, especially considering the massive loss Argento has just faced, and her peers are taking a stand against it. refinery29.com, "Open Letter Urges Cyber Bullies To Stop Blaming Asia Argento For Anthony Bourdain’s Death," 13 July 2018 The median pay for APD investigators is nearly a third below their peers, while deputy chiefs make 16.5 percent less. Christian Boone, ajc, "Atlanta police pay lags behind other metro cities, study says," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Schellman pointed out that astronomers using regular telescopes can't see beneath the surface of the sun, but 30 years of observations of the low-energy neutrinos that emanate from our star's center have allowed scientists to peer into its core. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Schellman pointed out that astronomers using regular telescopes can't see beneath the surface of the sun, but 30 years of observations of the low-energy neutrinos that emanate from our star's center have allowed scientists to peer into its core. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 In Martin Scorsese’s 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street, drones were used to shoot a raucous party scene from above, allowing audiences to peer voyeuristically into characters’ lives. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made," 31 May 2018 The observatories take advantage of clear weather and limited light pollution to peer deep into the night sky. Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Hawaii has 5 other active volcanoes in addition to Kilauea," 31 May 2018 Toller gets bigger crowds during the week — secular tourists who gawk at the antique wooden beams of the historic 250-year-old church, schoolchildren who show up to peer into the secret chamber once used to house runaway slaves. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'First Reformed': Ethan Hawke's excellent turn as a conflicted reverend has a 'bonkers' ending," 31 May 2018 On a clear night over the Davis Mountains in early May, a woman far from her home in Kosovo climbed a ladder at the annual Texas Star Party to peer into a large telescope. Anne Saker, USA TODAY, "One woman's drive to rebuild her nation — through the stars," 15 May 2018 Simply put, Iran has agreed to give international inspectors wide-ranging authority to peer into its nuclear activities. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Trump’s claim that Iran could build nuclear weapons in seven years," 8 May 2018 With this powerful tool for understanding our own genetic code, DNA could provide clues to the identity of the Phoenicians, and could allow scientists to peer deeper into the lives of the powerful Medici family, whose remains were exhumed in 2004. National Geographic, "How We've Tackled the Evolving Science of DNA," 25 Apr. 2018

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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

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

Verb (1)

perhaps by shortening & alteration from appear

Verb (2)

see peer entry 1

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Phrases Related to peer

a jury of one's peers

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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 \
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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