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peeress Line breaks: peer|ess
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪərəs/

Definition of peeress in English:


1A woman holding the rank of a peer in her own right.
Example sentences
  • Thus equipped, she was crowned, with all the trumpets sounding; and, though our account does not mention it, no doubt all the peers and peeresses put on their coronets at that moment.
  • With the introduction of life peerages in 1958 (which also allowed peeresses in their own right to sit for the first time), the hereditary element in the House (while still a theoretical majority) declined in its daily attendance.
  • The Peerage Act 1963 allowed hereditary peers to disclaim their peerages for life, admitted hereditary peeresses in their own right into the house, and gave membership to all peers of Scotland.
1.1The wife or widow of a peer.
Example sentences
  • This was commissioned by an Anglo-Irish peeress, the dowager Countess of Sandwich, in circumstances to be explained.
  • The Queen's litter is depicted as followed by six ladies riding upon palfreys, and by three chariots each followed similarly: these would be the peeresses and ladies of the household.
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