/pear"ij/, n.
1. the body of peers of a country or state.
2. the rank or dignity of a peer.
3. a book listing the peers and giving their genealogies.
[1425-75; late ME perage. See PEER1, -AGE]

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Body of peers or titled nobility in Britain.

The five ranks, in descending order, are duke, marquess, earl (see count), viscount, and baron. Until 1999, peers were entitled to sit in the House of Lords and exempted from jury duty. Titles may be hereditary or granted for life.

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