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peer

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noun \ˈpir\

Definition of peer

  1. 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>

  2. 2 archaic :  companion

  3. 3a :  a member of one of the five ranks (as duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron) of the British peerageb :  noble 1 <Peers and commoners alike were shown the same courtesy.>

peer

adjective

Examples of peer in a sentence

  1. He was respected and admired by his peers.

  2. teenagers spending time with their peer groups

Origin and Etymology of peer

Middle English, from Anglo-French per, from per, adjective, equal, from Latin par


First Known Use: 13th century


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peer

verb

Definition of peer

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  rival, match

Origin and Etymology of peer

see 1peer


First Known Use: 14th century


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peer

verb

Definition of peer

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to look narrowly or curiously <natives … were peering from behind trees — Francis Birtles>; especially :  to look searchingly at something difficult to discern <She peered into the dark closet looking for her missing shoe.>

  3. 2 :  to come slightly into view :  emerge partly <a vast white cloud, through which the sun peered — Francis Kingdon-Ward>

Origin and Etymology of peer

perhaps by shortening & alteration from appear


First Known Use: 1580



PEER Defined for English Language Learners

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peer

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noun \ˈpir\

Definition of peer for English Language Learners

  • : a person who belongs to the same age group or social group as someone else

  • : a member of the British nobility


PEER Defined for Kids

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peer

play
verb \ˈpir\

Definition of peer for Students

peered

peering

  1. 1 :  to look curiously or carefully

  2. 2 :  to come slightly into view :  peep out


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peer

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noun

Definition of peer for Students

  1. 1 :  a person of the same rank or kind :  equal

  2. 2 :  a member of one of the five ranks (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron) of the British nobility



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