Peerage

The peerage is a legal system of largely hereditary titles in the United Kingdom, which is constituted by the ranks of British nobility and is part of the British honours system. The term is used both collectively to refer to the entire body of noble titles (or a subdivision thereof), and individually to refer to a specific title (and generally ha...
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Peerage

• (n.) The rank or dignity of a peer. • (n.) The body of peers; the nobility, collectively.
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peerage

(from the article `United Kingdom`) During the early 17th century a small titular aristocracy composed of between 75 and 100 peers formed the apex of the social structure. Their titles ... ...with the land, still the bedrock of wealth, status, and power. The greatest landowners (Massie`s 310 families) owned estates ranging from 10,000 ....
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peerage

baronage noun the peers of a kingdom considered as a group
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Peerage

Peer'age noun [ See Peer an equal, and confer Parage .] 1. The rank or dignity of a peer. Blackstone. 2. The body of peers; the nobility, collectively. « When Charlemain with all his peerage fell.» Milton.
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peerage

The high nobility; in the UK, holders, in descending order, of the titles of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron. In the late 19th century the peerage was augmented by the Lords of Appeal in...
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peerage

The high nobility; in the UK, holders, in descending order, of the titles of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron. In the late 19th century the peerage was augmented by the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (the nonhereditary life peers) and, from 1958, by a number of specially created life peers of either sex (usually long-standing members ...
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peerage

[n] - the peers of a kingdom considered as a group
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