peer

A peer is someone at your own level. If you are a 10th grader, other high school students are your peers.

Peer comes from the Latin par which means equal. When you are on par with someone, you are their peer. If kids your age are pressuring you to do something you don't want to do, that's peer pressure. In the sport of basketball, Michael Jordan was without peer, no one could equal his talent. When he switched to baseball, he found himself to be among peers again.

Primary Meanings of peer

1.
v
look searchingly
2.
n
a person who is of equal standing with another in a group
3.
n
a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage
Full Definitions of peer
1

v look searchingly

“We peered into the back of the shop to see whether a salesman was around”
Type of:
look
perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
2

n a person who is of equal standing with another in a group

Synonyms:
compeer, equal, match
Types:
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associate
a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor
coeval, contemporary
a person of nearly the same age as another
gangsta
(Black English) a member of a youth gang
backup, backup man, fill-in, relief, reliever, stand-in, substitute
someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
replacement, successor
a person who follows next in order
townsman
a person from the same town as yourself
adjunct
a person who is an assistant or subordinate to another
affiliate
a subordinate or subsidiary associate; a person who is affiliated with another or with an organization
ally, friend
an associate who provides cooperation or assistance
bedfellow
a temporary associate
collaborator, cooperator, pardner, partner
an associate in an activity or endeavor or sphere of common interest
colleague, confrere, fellow
a person who is member of one's class or profession
co-worker, colleague, fellow worker, workfellow
an associate that one works with
locum, locum tenens
someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession
fellow member, member
one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined and participate in a group organization)
participant
someone who takes part in an activity
shipmate
an associate on the same ship with you
double, stunt man, stunt woman
a stand-in for movie stars to perform dangerous stunts
alternate, replacement, surrogate
someone who takes the place of another person
mate, teammate
a fellow member of a team
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
3

n a nobleman (duke or marquis or earl or viscount or baron) who is a member of the British peerage

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First Marquess Cornwallis
commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)
Nancy Witcher Astor
British politician (born in the United States) who was the first woman to sit in the British House of Commons (1879-1964)
Duke of Lancaster
the fourth son of Edward III who was the effective ruler of England during the close of his father's reign and during the minority of Richard II; his son was Henry Bolingbroke (1340-1399)
Earl of Leicester
an English nobleman who led the baronial rebellion against Henry III (1208-1265)
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baron
a British peer of the lowest rank
duke
a British peer of the highest rank
earl
a British peer ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
Earl Marshal
an officer of the English peerage who organizes royal processions and other ceremonies
life peer
a British peer whose title lapses at death
marquess
a British peer ranking below a duke and above an earl
peer of the realm
a peer who is entitled to sit in the House of Lords
viscount
a British peer who ranks below an earl and above a baron
viscountess
a noblewoman holding the rank of viscount in her own right
Type of:
Lord, noble, nobleman
a titled peer of the realm

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