House of Peers

House of Peers
Peer Peer, n. [OE. per, OF. per, F. pair, fr. L. par equal. Cf. {Apparel}, {Pair}, {Par}, n., {Umpire}.] 1. One of the same rank, quality, endowments, character, etc.; an equal; a match; a mate. [1913 Webster]

In song he never had his peer. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Shall they consort only with their peers? --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. A comrade; a companion; a fellow; an associate. [1913 Webster]

He all his peers in beauty did surpass. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A noble peer of mickle trust and power. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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