Definition of life peer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


life peer

BrE BrE//ˌlaɪf ˈpɪə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌlaɪf ˈpɪr//
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(in Britain) a person who is given the title of peer (= ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady’) but who cannot pass it on to their son or daughter Culture Male life peers are given the title of baron and are addressed as 'Lord', and female life peers are given the title of baroness or countess and are addressed as 'Lady', 'Baroness' or 'Countess'. Life peerages are given by the government, often to former Members of Parliament. see also peerage