peer


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            In song he never had his peer.        --Dryden.
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            Shall they consort only with their peers? --I.
                                                  Taylor.
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   2. A comrade; a companion; a fellow; an associate.
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            He all his peers in beauty did surpass. --Spenser.
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   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.
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            A noble peer of mickle trust and power. --Milton.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peer \Peer\ (p[=e]r), v. i. [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]
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            So honor peereth in the meanest habit. --Shak.
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            See how his gorget peers above his gown! --B.
                                                  Jonson.
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   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.
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            Peering in maps for ports, and piers, and roads.
                                                  --Shak.
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            As if through a dungeon grate he peered.
                                                  --Coleridge.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peer \Peer\ v. t.
   To make equal in rank. [R.] --Heylin.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Peer \Peer\ v. t.
   To be, or to assume to be, equal. [R.]
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