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



    BrE BrE//pɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɪr//
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  1. 1[usually plural] a person who is the same age or who has the same social status as you She enjoys the respect of her peers. A peer review system is being introduced to help teachers who are experiencing difficulty. Children are worried about failing in front of their peers. Peer pressure is strong among young people (= they want to be like other people of the same age).
  2. 2 (in Britain) a member of the nobility see also life peer, peeress
  3. Word Originnoun Middle English: from Old French peer, from Latin par ‘equal’.Extra examples Children often take up smoking because of peer pressure. Peer acceptance is particularly important for teenagers. Research data will be subjected to peer review. She is highly respected by her professional peers. She was rejected by her peer group. Some children fail to develop normal peer relations. The Act made it possible for a woman to be created a life peer. They adopt attitudes that are more socially acceptable among their peers. We have seen several women who can outperform their male peers physically. an extended family and peer network teenagers trying to impress their peers Conservative peers are expected to criticize the scheme. MPs and peers from all parties met to discuss the issue. Peer pressure is strong among young people. She described the incident as ‘unbecoming behaviour for a peer of the realm ’. She is the American-born wife of a Scottish peer. The former athlete and MP Sebastian Coe was created a life peer in 2000 as Baron Coe of Ranmore. Two-thirds of the Lords were hereditary peers who succeeded to their title automatically.
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