One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person of equal rank, status, or ability.‘he was better versed in his profession than his compeers’
equivalent, peer, fellow, coequal, likeView synonyms
- ‘He remained distant from his compeers on stage, thus condemning Barrit's Falstaff to an early acceptance of impending rejection and robbing their final confrontation of emotional power.’
- 1.1archaic A companion or associate.‘he had compeers in Fleet Street’associate, partner, escort, consort, colleague, workmate, co-worker, compatriot, confederate, allyView synonyms
Late Middle English: from Old French comper, from com- ‘with’ + per, from Latin par ‘equal’ (compare with peer).
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