Peer

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peer \Peer\ verb (used with an object) To make equal in rank. [R.] --Heylin.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peer \Peer\ verb (used with an object) To be, or to assume to be, equal. [R.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peer \Peer\, noun [OE. per, OF. per, F. pair, fr. L. par equal. Cf. {Apparel}, {Pair}, {Par}, noun, {Umpire}.]

1. One of the same rank, quality, endowments, character, etc.; an equal; a match; a mate.

In song he never had his peer. --Dryden.

Shall they consort only with their peers? --I. Taylor.

2. A comrade; a companion; a fellow; an associate.

He all his peers in beauty did surpass. --Spenser.

3. A nobleman; a member of one of the five degrees of the British nobility, namely, duke, marquis, earl, viscount, baron; as, a peer of the realm.

A noble peer of mickle trust and power. --Milton.

{House of Peers}, {The Peers}, the British House of Lords. See {Parliament}.

{Spiritual peers}, the bishops and archibishops, or lords spiritual, who sit in the House of Lords.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Peer \Peer\ (p[=e]r), verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Peered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peering}.] [OF. parir, pareir equiv. to F. para[^i]tre to appear, L. parere. Cf. {Appear}.]

1. To come in sight; to appear. [Poetic]

So honor peereth in the meanest habit. --Shak.

See how his gorget peers above his gown! --B. Jonson.

2. [Perh. a different word; cf. OE. piren, LG. piren. Cf. {Pry} to peep.] To look narrowly or curiously or intently; to peep; as, the peering day. --Milton.

Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads. --Shak.

As if through a dungeon grate he peered. --Coleridge.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

peer

noun

1: a person who is of equal standing with another in a group [syn: {peer}, {equal}, {match}, {compeer}]

2: a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage

verb

1: look searchingly; "We peered into the back of the shop to see whether a salesman was around"


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