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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 And the social component accounts for family circumstances, socioeconomic status, peer relationships, and education level, among others. Samantha Lauriello,, "Is Depression Genetic? Here’s What Experts Have to Say," 12 Nov. 2019 But, it’s revealed, an eyeball peers from Twigs’s belly button. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "FKA Twigs Deconstructs the Private Show," 8 Nov. 2019 Privacy advocates are now concerned that police will continue to get broad warrants for DNA sites, including larger peers such as 23andme or Ancestry that have much larger pools of user data. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Search warrant overrides 1M users’ choice not to share DNA with cops," 8 Nov. 2019 For example, using please and thank you and being considerate toward peers. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, "Character Counts: Eagles Landing Middle student dedicated to success," 7 Nov. 2019 But nothing reveals the true identify of a college football team like a game against a physical peer. Ralph D. Russo,, "Alabama, LSU clash will feature high powered offenses," 6 Nov. 2019 Aramco could fare better than its peers should climate concerns reduce demand for fossil fuels because its production costs are so low, said Andrew Grant, senior analyst at Carbon Tracker. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Investors are dumping oil. So why would anyone buy Saudi Aramco?," 6 Nov. 2019 Like her Impressionist peers, Williams painted landscapes, often en plein air (a method that, to her joy, often required her to hike for miles in the Northeastern wilderness). Vogue, "American Impressionist Mary Rogers Williams Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves," 6 Nov. 2019 The state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, has been curiously silent as his peers made plans to examine the biggest tech firms in his backyard. Wired, "California Reveals It’s Been Investigating Facebook," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Videos showed him pawing at doors, flopping out on the ground and peering through the glass of his confines. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A shelter cat freed his feline friends. So he got put in 'solitary' and won't stop busting out," 14 Nov. 2019 At one point during the investigation, another Oregon City police investigator saw a large garbage container sitting in the front of an exterior wall of Keyser’s garage and peered behind it. oregonlive, "Sheriff’s Office gun instructor fired shot into neighbor’s home in Oregon City, then lied to cover it up," 24 Oct. 2019 The Denver Nuggets have an uphill battle in the West with a handful of elite duos peering down on the rest of the conference. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Denver Sports Omelette: Colorado Rockies season in review 2019," 23 Oct. 2019 Bodycam footage from the morning Jefferson was killed showed an officer peering through two open doors without announcing his presence. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "From Ferguson to Fort Worth, police reform moves in fits and starts," 19 Oct. 2019 Steven Anthony Spoon is facing numerous charges in connection with an investigation that began in August after police received several reports of a man peering through the windows of numerous homes where teenage girls lived, Scottsdale police said. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Man accused of peering into windows to watch teen girls in Scottsdale," 17 Oct. 2019 Body camera footage released by police Saturday shows two officers walking quietly around the side of the house and peering through two screen doors, then moving down a driveway into a backyard. The Washington Post, al, "Fort Worth woman fatally shot in her home by police officer," 13 Oct. 2019 There are vague suggestions of peering eyes, wispy leaves, brick walls, watery landscapes and odd, bulbous, alien creatures with big, flat feet. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Lari Pittman’s extraordinary ‘Declaration of Independence’ at the Hammer Museum," 7 Oct. 2019 Clouds darken the sky, leaves litter the sidewalk, and pumpkins peer out of every storefront. Wired, "15 Spooky Deals on Drones, Headphones, and Horror Games," 5 Oct. 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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The first known use of peer was in the 13th century

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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Peer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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