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.

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Many of the reforms have been championed by Lady Newlove, who was given a peerage in 2010 and has held the new post of victims’ commissioner for the past seven years. The Economist, "Victims get a bigger role in prosecuting those who wronged them," 14 June 2019 His father, Charles Jenkinson, had been a political man of business and parliamentary manager, sufficiently valuable to be raised to the peerage as a reward for his service. Allan Massie, WSJ, "‘Lord Liverpool’ Review: A Tory in His Prime," 5 Aug. 2018 One thing is for sure: Their eldest son will eventually inherit the title Duke of Sussex, but a daughter cannot per the rules of the British peerage right now. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 Renée Kuo, the managing director of Debrett's, the authority on British peerage and etiquette, agrees. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Very British Reason Meghan Markle Keeps Wearing Blush and Beige," 1 July 2018 Lord Carrington was given a life peerage in 1999 after most hereditary peers were removed from the House of Lords. Washington Post, "Lord Carrington, British statesman who served six prime ministers, dies at 99," 10 July 2018 But Lord Carrington and some other former leaders of the body were given life peerages, extending their rights of membership for the rest of their lives. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Lord Carrington, 99, Former British Foreign Secretary, Dies," 10 July 2018 Some holders of actual peerage titles have reportedly sold titles for large sums, but that’s a different matter. Robert Mccoppin,, "Want to be a Scottish lord or lady? Opportunity beckons at suburban festival, where 'titles' will be sold," 16 June 2018 But rules governing the peerage have remained the same, giving priority to boys. Simon Perry,, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Future Daughters Will Not Inherit Titles," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of peerage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of peerage was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of peerage

: the people who are members of the British nobility : the people who are peers
: the rank of a British peer

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