peerage

noun
peer·​age | \ ˈpir-ij How to pronounce peerage (audio) \

Definition of peerage

1 : the body of peers
2 : the rank or dignity of a peer
3 : a book containing a list of peers with their genealogy, history, and titles

Examples of peerage in a Sentence

He was given the peerage after years of devoted service to the community.
Recent Examples on the Web This led to the famous polemic in The Spectator in January in 1964 by Iain Macleod, a senior Tory who had declined to serve under Sir Alec Douglas-Home, as Home had become known after renouncing his peerage. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, The New Republic, 9 Aug. 2022 Firtash partnered with an aristocrat named Raymond Asquith, who now holds a peerage in Parliament. Balaji Ravichandran, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 The founder of the house of Spencer was born the third Baron Spencer and later given the first Earl of Sunderland peerage, spinning off a new title for the eldest Spencer men that would last until the 1750s. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 31 May 2022 Today, however, the heralds are experts on such things as history and genealogy and provide advice on anything to do with the peerage and royal ceremonies. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 10 May 2022 The Conservative Party is also under scrutiny because of Johnson’s decision last year to award a peerage to his friend Evgeny Lebedev, a media mogul who owns the London Evening Standard and Independent newspapers and whose father was a KGB spy. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2022 Oscar nominees are likely receiving the top-tier $225 package, which includes a deed for a 100-square-foot plot and all the heraldry and plaid-branded accouterments that evoke Scottish peerage. Anne Quito, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2022 Decked out in neoclassical splendor, the Torlonia Museum opened in 1876, but only to visitors inscribed in the Golden Book of Italian Nobility, a manuscript in the Central State Archive in Rome that provided the definitive list of Italian peerage. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 Decked out in neoclassical splendor, the Torlonia Museum opened in 1876, but only to visitors inscribed in the Golden Book of Italian Nobility, a manuscript in the Central State Archive in Rome that provided the definitive list of Italian peerage. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of peerage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Aug 2022

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“Peerage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peerage. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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