peeress

noun

peer·​ess ˈpir-əs How to pronounce peeress (audio)
1
: the wife or widow of a peer
2
: a woman who holds in her own right the rank of a peer

Examples of peeress in a Sentence

a wedding invitation eagerly sought by every peer and peeress in the realm
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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of peeress was in 1688

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“Peeress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peeress. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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