the peerage


: the people who are members of the British nobility : the people who are peers
: the rank of a British peer
He was given the peerage after years of devoted service to the community.

Examples of the peerage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though most historians agree that Anne was likely innocent of the crimes she was accused of, she was nonetheless unanimously convicted by a court of the peerage. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 28 Aug. 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,, 10 May 2022 There are also more than a thousand baronets, a title associated with country squires that ranks below a baron and is not part of the peerage. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 14 Nov. 2020 As a baronet descended, Brooksbank comes from the only class of British nobility not part of the peerage, the ranks of which consist (in descending order of precedence) of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Apr. 2023

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“The peerage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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