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peer

play
noun \ ˈpir \

Definition of peer

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
2 archaic :companion
3 a :a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron) of the British peerage
b :noble 1
  • Peers and commoners alike were shown the same courtesy.

peer

adjective

Examples of peer in a Sentence

  1. He was respected and admired by his peers.

  2. teenagers spending time with their peer groups

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Origin and Etymology of peer

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


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peer

verb

Definition of peer

transitive verb
archaic

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Origin and Etymology of peer

see 1peer


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peer

verb

Definition of peer

intransitive verb
1 :to look narrowly or curiously
  • natives … were peering from behind trees
  • —Francis Birtles
; 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

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Origin and Etymology of peer

perhaps by shortening & alteration from appear



PEER Defined for English Language Learners

peer

play
noun

Definition of peer for English Language Learners

  • : a person who belongs to the same age group or social group as someone else

  • : a member of the British nobility


PEER Defined for Kids

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peer

play
verb \ ˈpir \

Definition of peer for Students

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

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peer

noun

Definition of peer for Students

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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