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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 ?
Sedley was mightily pleased nevertheless, and talked about Emmy's friend, the Countess of Bareacres, with such assiduity that the news how his son was entertaining peers and peeresses actually came to Osborne's ears in the City.
In exchange for one penny its five hundred thousand readers received every week a serial story about life in highest circles, a short story packed with heart-interest, articles on the removal of stains and the best method of coping with the cold mutton, anecdotes of Royalty, photographs of peeresses, hints on dress, chats about baby, brief but pointed dialogues between Blogson and Snogson, poems, Great Thoughts from the Dead and Brainy, half-hours in the editor's cosy sanctum, a slab of brown paper, and--the journal's leading feature--Advice on Matters of the Heart.
Today we have one of those Tory peeresses with Asian roots announcing the Games were a tribute to racial harmony.