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peer of the realm

n, pl peers of the realm
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Great Britain and Northern Ireland) any member of the nobility entitled to sit in the House of Lords
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Noun1.peer of the realm - a peer who is entitled to sit in the House of Lords
British House of Lords, House of Lords - the upper house of the British parliament
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
peer - a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage
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This is too big an issue for individual politicians, captains of industry, technocrat peers of the realm or anyone else to duck.
The fact that there are hereditary peers of the realm who owe their position to an accident of aristocratic birth is deeply insulting and has no place within British society.
It is significant that, since the Second World War, the Newcastle Jewish community produced five Jewish lord mayors, two lord chief justices - Lord Taylor of Gosforth and Lord Woolf - as well as other judges, peers of the realm, lawyers, doctors, consultants and professors in every field.
Small biographies are given of many of the key personalities, from the firemen's dog to the peers of the realm to the laborers who inadvertently destroyed Parliament by burning the redundant tally sticks (now considered precious historical artifacts) in the furnaces below the House of Lords.
They include Michael Skinner, a young Reading tailor who dressed the Peers of the Realm, including Winston Churchill, for the service.
I wonder if these worldly gentlemen - ie, peers of the realm and middle-aged youth officials - have ever considered that the vast majority of youngsters who go to "allnighters" are just ordinary teenagers relaxing after working all week.
I wondered if Lord Hattersley might like Nationwide's Westminster branch to open a special window to serve peers of the realm.
The British Embassy in Washington now even states on its website that Peers of the Realm honours cannot be purchased through a normal transaction in a warning to gullible Americans.
In theory new lords have to be approved by the supposedly-independent House of Lords Appointments Commission, which consists of, erm, peers of the realm.
Given that the story featured a couple of Jockey Club members who were also racecourse stewards and peers of the realm, the casting director would not have wasted much time in signing up Robert Morley and Wilfrid Hyde-White, who as regular racegoers and racehorse owners, were naturals for the parts.
On July 18 there was a joint meeting of the Society for the History of Astronomy and the Scientific Instrument Society, where again the telescope featured, with the discovery of helium in the Sun, the travel diary of an 18th century Danish astronomer, the contributions of opticians to astronomy, and a talk on the observatories of the 18th and 19th centuries owned by peers of the realm.
Our ancestors apparently paid for the burial of the wife of one of the peers of the realm (among other bizarre claims) and Lloyd George had, quite rightly, asked "Why?