Word of the Day: peer

Word of the Day
May 27, 2016
peer (noun, verb)
/pɪr/  sound icon
Mark and Ally are peers in Mrs. Mariano's class.
A peer is someone with the same legal status, or someone of the same age, abilities, and social status as you. However, the verb peer has a completely unrelated meaning. To peer means' to look intently,' as in the effort to see clearly, or 'to appear partially,' normally used of the sun or a light, or 'to protrude slightly.'


Example sentences
When someone is charged with a crime, he or she has the right to be tried by a jury of his or her peers.
Teenagers often do silly things because of pressure from their peers.
The old lady had forgotten her glasses; she peered at the letter, but couldn't read the words.
The sun peered briefly through the clouds, before disappearing again.
High above the path we were walking on, a small village peered over the hilltop.


Multi-word forms
peer pressure: pressure put on you by others like you; teenagers are particularly vulnerable to this. Example: "Peer pressure often means teenagers think they need to have the latest phones and gadgets."
peer group: the people around you who are of the same age, abilities, and social status as you. Example: "Children often behave differently with their peer group than with their parents."
Additional information
In Great Britain and Ireland, a peer is a member of any of the five degrees of the nobility (duke, marquis, earl, viscount, and baron).
Did you know?
Because peer means someone like you, if you say of someone or something that he/she/it is without peer, that means there is nothing else quite like that person or thing. Example: "In the field of astrophysics, that professor is without peer!" This can also be expressed by the related adjective peerless.
Other forms
peeringly (adverb), peerless (adjective)
Peer dates back to the late 12th or early 13th century and comes from the Latin word pār, meaning 'equal,' the Old French word per, and the Middle English word per.
Peer in other languages
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