peerage

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From peer +‎ -age.

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peerage (plural peerages)

  1. Peers as a group; the nobility, aristocracy.
  2. The rank or title of a peer or peeress.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, The Tremarn Case[1]:
      “Two or three months more went by ; the public were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this semi-exotic claimant to an English peerage, and sensations, surpassing those of the Tichbourne case, were looked forward to with palpitating interest. […]”
  3. A book listing such people and their families.

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