Definition of peeress in US English:



  • 1A woman holding the rank of a peer in her own right.

    • ‘Her portrait - in peeress' robes with the key of office at her waist - is dated 1705.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Women's groups were her acknowledged loathing whether relations, schoolgirls, peeresses.’
    • ‘When Mummy was crowned and all the peeresses put on their coronets it looked wonderful to see arms and coronets hovering in the air and then the arms disappear as if by magic.’
    aristocrat, lord, lady, peer of the realm, noble, nobleman, noblewoman, titled man, titled person, titled woman, patrician, member of the aristocracy, member of the nobility, member of the peerage
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    1. 1.1 The wife or widow of a peer.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This was commissioned by an Anglo-Irish peeress, the dowager Countess of Sandwich, in circumstances to be explained.’