\ ˌpir-tə-ˈpir How to pronounce peer-to-peer (audio) \

Definition of peer-to-peer

1 : relating to, using, or being a network by which computers operated by individuals can share information and resources directly without relying on a dedicated central server (see server sense 6) In peer-to-peer computing, every client can be a server. You string together two or more computers, and everyone can share files, programs, drives …, printers, and anything else that's attached.— Steve Bass
2 : existing or done between peers In 2010, the Texas National Guard implemented its peer-to-peer counseling initiative, and since then more than 800 National Guard troops have been trained to identify warning signs of mental distress and refer soldiers for more intensive care.— Jeremy Schwartz George Washington's resident advisers are undergraduates who live in student housing so they can have informal, peer-to-peer mentoring relationships with other undergraduates, to whom they serve as role models.— Peter Schmidt

First Known Use of peer-to-peer

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Peer-to-peer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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