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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
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
peered; peering; peers

Definition of peer (Entry 3 of 3)

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peer adjective

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 Even by the standards of a community where men in the pulpit have historically held great sway, the Rev. Michael Haynes had no peer., "Haynes was a member of an illustrious Roxbury family. His older brother, Roy, is a legendary jazz drummer, still performing in his mid-90s. Another brother, C. Vincent Haynes, was a photographer and journalist, and an authority on Boston’s jazz history.," 16 Sep. 2019 That year, Americans debated a proposal for establishing a National Data Center, a peer to the Library of Congress (which holds books) and the National Archives (which holds manuscripts), to store all the data on a central computer. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Edward Snowden and the Rise of Whistle-Blower Culture," 16 Sep. 2019 He will be officially made a peer when Parliament re-opens in mid-October. Rob Picheta, CNN, "British ambassador targeted by Trump is made a lord by Theresa May," 10 Sep. 2019 Work with your peers to document your service projects through photos, writing, or video. National Geographic, "Madagascar Community Service: Biodiversity Protection," 10 Sep. 2019 In a peer tutoring program at Scripps Ranch High School in 2016, Omar Morena (from left) and Gerardo Diaz talked about algebra with fellow students Lauren Trott, Enrique Calzado (top) and Ralph Agustin. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified creates a path for more students to take advanced math classes," 23 Aug. 2019 Since sharing the personal news, Halsey received support on social media from fans — and even a pop star peer! Jeff Nelson,, "Halsey Reveals She Quit Smoking After 10 Years: 'I'm So Happy I Did It'," 15 Aug. 2019 Mingus and his fellow model babes—namely, Kaia and Presley Gerber, who likewise followed their mom, Cindy Crawford, into the industry—have also helped Christensen find common ground with her peers. Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "Helena Christensen's Timeless Style," 13 Aug. 2019 Young people in particular worry about repercussions from snitching on a peer or being accused of misinterpreting a joke for a serious threat. Nicole Hockley, Quartz, "Four out of five mass shooters give you the power to stop them," 9 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The general manager of the Cleveland Browns peered through his binoculars inside the press box at MetLife Stadium. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Odell Beckham Jr. has big game as Cleveland Browns topple undermanned New York Jets," 16 Sep. 2019 Visitors can peer into the students' workroom and check out the dining hall with its light fixtures made of plywood scraps. Andrea Sachs,, "On the trail of Frank Lloyd Wright in Illinois and Wisconsin," 11 Sep. 2019 In one of the most iconic images by the pioneering photographer Robert Frank, passengers peer out from a trolley in New Orleans, their expressions vivid and unposed. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Photographer Robert Frank, Who Exposed the Alienation and Heartbreak of America, Dies at 94," 10 Sep. 2019 Divers peered through the window from outside the ship, shining a flashlight. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "A doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic killed 129 men. Now the ship’s artifacts have been found ‘frozen in time.’," 29 Aug. 2019 With that in mind, Free Press writer Orion Sang has peered into his crystal ball to answer five pressing questions for U-M in 2019: Michigan’s leading receiver? Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football crystal ball: Here's our bowl projection," 24 Aug. 2019 One day last month, Mr. Myburgh’s brother peered through his front window as the military rolled into Hanover Park. New York Times, "As Gang Murders Surge, South Africa Sends Army to Cape Town, and the City Cheers," 13 Aug. 2019 Others peered from upper floors of the museum, then came down to see what the young artist had to offer. Lynn Ischay,, "Rocky River’s Olivia Martinez, 18, plays the Rock Hall before heading off to Berklee," 12 Aug. 2019 Lily Aggerholm, future astrophysicist, peered into a microscope and saw the moon. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, "Bell Museum celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with public viewing of moon rocks," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of peer


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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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


\ 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



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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