Definition of life peer in English:

life peer

noun

  • (in the UK) a peer whose title cannot be inherited.

    ‘he entered the House of Lords as a life peer’
    • ‘As a life peer, Lord Geraint held the position of deputy speaker, deputy chairman of committees and spokesman on Welsh rural affairs.’
    • ‘He was created a life peer in 1992 and became an Opposition spokesman in the House of Lords on legal affairs from that year until 1997.’
    • ‘The Labour life peer, who also served as Shadow Lord Chancellor from 1990 to 1992, died at his home in Bayswater, London, on Friday after a long illness.’
    • ‘The 71-year-old, who was made a life peer in 2001 after a career as an MP, had previously held roles as an opposition spokeswoman across a range of portfolios.’
    • ‘She was awarded the CBE in 1994 and made a life peer in 1999.’
    • ‘However, it was probably his religious credentials that led to him becoming the only Tory MP to have been both knighted and created a life peer by Labour.’
    • ‘She has chaired various government committees of enquiry, is a life peer and has recently voted on an Order legalising therapeutic cloning of human embryos.’
    • ‘During the 1992 election he became the Tories' unofficial cheerleader, and later that year was created a life peer.’
    • ‘In 2001 he was appointed a life peer, following the removal of the voting rights of hereditary lords.’
    • ‘He was knighted in 1998 and created a life peer in 2004.’
    • ‘He published books on violin-playing and an autobiography, and was made a life peer in 1993.’
    • ‘He was made a life peer in 1997 after retiring as Chief of the Defence Staff with the rank of Field Marshal.’
    • ‘She was the first female director of the Royal Institute, and was made a life peer earlier this year.’
    • ‘The 63-year-old, who was made a life peer in 2004 on the recommendation of the former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, saved the party from financial ruin during some of its darkest days.’
    • ‘He was knighted in 1990 and made a life peer in 1997.’
    • ‘He was knighted in 1944 and made life peer in 1965.’
    • ‘He was created a life peer in 1972, and was High Steward of Kingston from 1973 until his death in 1998.’
    • ‘She had previously been the first black woman to enter the Lords when she was made a life peer in 1997.’
    • ‘He was made a life peer in 1992 but in 2000 was expelled by the party after claims emerged that he had invented an alibi in the 1987 libel case.’
    • ‘She resigned after a leadership challenge and was created a life peer in 1992.’

Pronunciation

life peer