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a. A noblewoman.
b. A woman who holds a peerage by descent or appointment.
2. A woman who holds a title by association, as the wife or widow of a peer.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the wife or widow of a peer
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a woman holding the rank of a peer in her own right


(ˈpɪər ɪs)

1. the wife or widow of a peer.
2. a woman having in her own right the rank of a peer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peeress - a woman of the peerage in Britainpeeress - a woman of the peerage in Britain  
baronage, peerage - the peers of a kingdom considered as a group
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
baroness - a noblewoman who holds the rank of baron or who is the wife or widow of a baron
countess - female equivalent of a count or earl
duchess - the wife of a duke or a woman holding ducal title in her own right
female aristocrat - a woman who is an aristocrat
lady-in-waiting - a lady appointed to attend to a queen or princess
marquise, marchioness - a noblewoman ranking below a duchess and above a countess
Milady - an English noblewoman
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(piə) noun
1. a nobleman (in Britain, one from the rank of baron upwards).
2. a person's equal in rank, merit or age. The child was disliked by his peers; (also adjective) He is more advanced than the rest of his peer group.
ˈpeerage (-ridʒ) noun
1. a peer's title or status. He was granted a peerage.
2. (often with plural verb when considered as a number of separate individuals) all noblemen as a group. The peerage has/have many responsibilities.
ˈpeeress noun
1. the wife or widow of a peer.
2. a woman who is a peer in her own right.
ˈpeerless adjective
without equal; better than all others. Sir Galahad was a peerless knight.
References in classic literature ?
I smiled as I unfolded it, and devised how I would tease you about your aristocratic tastes, and your efforts to masque your plebeian bride in the attributes of a peeress.
Monster that he is; would indeed that the gods loved him no better than I do, for so, dogs and vultures would soon devour him as he lay stretched on earth, and a load of grief would be lifted from my heart, for many a brave son has he reft from me, either by killing them or selling them away in the islands that are beyond the sea: even now I miss two sons from among the Trojans who have thronged within the city, Lycaon and Polydorus, whom Laothoe peeress among women bore me.
Chaplets too, resembling in their arrangement the strawberry coronal worn by an English peeress, and composed of intertwined leaves and blossoms, often crowned their temples; and bracelets and anklets of the same tasteful pattern were frequently to be seen.
Simon has no property of his own save the small estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a British peeress.
Miss Pink, trembling for the integrity of her carpet, and scandalized at seeing a peeress drinking beer like a washer-woman, forgot the sharp answer that was just rising to her lips when the lawyer interfered.
To be the most beautiful peeress in England is perhaps for Helene a happier fate than to be the first queen of a new dynasty.
RACING: Peeress (7-4 generally) Power) and stable-mate Jeremy was such a good winner of last (7-2 totesport), who rate the year's Juddmonte Lockinge main dangers.
Sir Michael Stoute fields two runners including last year's winner PEERESS.
PEERESS can present trainer Sir Michael Stoute and owners Cheveley Park Stud with back-to-back victories in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury tomorrow.
PEERESS is fancied to gain her revenge on the much-improved Red Evie when the pair clash in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.
The campaign to keep the United Kingdom together is risking failure because it is run by grumpy old men" Labour peeress Baroness Vadera who is opposed to Scottish independence.
My ambition is to stop climate change, which is the most ridiculous ambition you can ever have" - Labour peeress Baroness (Bryony) Worthington.