There are 2 definitions of peer in English:

peer1

Syllabification: peer
Pronunciation: /pi(ə)r
 
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verb

[no object]
  • 1Look keenly or with difficulty at someone or something: Blake screwed up his eyes, trying to peer through the fog
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    • His face, laced with concentration, peered intently into two laptop screens that encompassed the majority of his minimal setup.
    • Heaving herself up with some difficulty, she peered over the edge and let out a sigh of relief.
    • I frown and hunch over the wheel, peering forward, concentrating furiously and determined not to make another mistake.
    Synonyms
    look closely, try to see, narrow one's eyes, screw up one's eyes, squint
  • 1.1Be just visible: the two towers peer over the roofs
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    • It is a site fit for a king, this hillside peering over the roofs of Berkeley toward an expanse of shimmering bay.
  • 1.2 archaic Come into view; appear.

Origin

late 16th century: perhaps a variant of dialect pire; perhaps partly from a shortening of appear.

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There are 2 definitions of peer in English:

peer2

Syllabification: peer
Pronunciation: /
 
pi(ə)r/

noun

  • 1A member of the nobility in Britain or Ireland, comprising the ranks of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron.

    In the British peerage, earldoms and baronies were the earliest to be conferred; dukes were created from 1337, marquesses from the end of the 14th century, and viscounts from 1440. Such peerages are hereditary, although since 1958 there have also been nonhereditary life peerages. Peers are entitled to a seat in the House of Lords and exemption from jury service; they are debarred from election to the House of Commons

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    • Six members are hereditary peers: the Duke of Buccleuch, the Earl of Wemyss, the Earl of Elgin, the Earl of Airlie, the Viscount of Arbuthnott, and the Earl of Crawford.
    • Even disaffected peers like the Duke of Buckingham and the Earl of Shaftesbury used this chamber to voice much of their dissatisfaction.
    • From 1761 to 1786 he was a Scottish representative peer and was then created a British peer as Baron Douglas.
    Synonyms
    aristocrat, lord, lady, peer of the realm, peeress, noble, nobleman, noblewoman, titled man/woman, patrician; duke/duchess, marquess/marchioness, earl/countess, viscount/viscountess, baron/baroness, marquis/marquise, count

verb

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  • Make or become equal with or of the same rank.

Phrases

without peer

Unequaled; unrivaled; peerless: he is a goalkeeper without peer
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  • As an institutional history, it stands without peer; it gives us a much needed contemporary history of an extraordinary place.
  • It stands without peer in the public arena as the most authoritative record of one of the nation's most trying experiences.
  • He gave up drinking a while ago, but he remains, quite simply and without peer, the worst driver of all time, constantly alternating between sudden acceleration and braking.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French peer, from Latin par 'equal'.

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