One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The rank of peer or peeress; the condition of being a peer or peeress.
2The territory or fief of a French peer. Now historical.
3The condition of being the peer or equal of another; equality.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From peer + -dom.
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