from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A noblewoman.
- n. A woman who holds a peerage by descent or appointment.
- n. A woman who holds a title by association, as the wife or widow of a peer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A noblewoman married to a peer
- n. A woman holding a noble title in her own right.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The wife of a peer; a woman ennobled in her own right, or by right of marriage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The consort of a peer; a woman ennobled by descent, by creation, or by marriage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman of the peerage in Britain
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Better have been admired as a governess than shunned as a peeress, which is what she will be.
She would then approach the Monarch, curtseying as low as possible "so as almost to kneel and the Queen kisses her on the forehead if she is a peeress or peer's daughter, or extends her hand to be kissed, if the lady is a commoner."
The peeress or daughter of a peer received a kiss from Queen Victoria.
The fact Broon has had to scour round and replace her with a peeress proves that.
She has exercised power in her own sphere as a peeress in her own right a rare and, for most men of the time, unsettling creature but it is not until she sees the glitter and intrigue at court that she both fully comes to appreciate her place in that world and grows up some.
Brown is obviously not terribly impressed by the talent he has available in his own party, as judged by the stories of his offering a number of posts to prominent Lib-Dem peers such as Paddy Ashdown and Lord Carlile; according to press reports he was also keen to offer the health portfolio to the Lib-Dem peeress Rabbi Julia Neuberger.
She has exercised power in her own sphere as a peeress in her own right a rare and, for most men of the time, unsettling creature but it is not until she sees the glitter and intrigue at court that she both fully comes …
To herself there seemed nothing strange in her new position; but to Mrs Crawley it was wonderful that she — she, poor as she was, — should have an embryo peeress at her bedside, handing her her cup to drink, and smoothing her pillow that she might be at rest.
This visit was made; and it ended in Mark going back to Exeter with a letter full of praise from the widowed peeress.
She, poor lady, was not unhappy; she had all that money could give her, she would probably live to be a peeress, and she really thought Sir Abraham the best of husbands.