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In the British peerage system, individuals are ennobled — not families.
  the members of upper nobility in Great Britain considered as a group

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the title or rank of upper nobility
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  • In the British peerage system, individuals are ennobled — not families.
  • I knew a little from our infrequent stays with Baron Greyfallow, and thought I was quite genteel enough without having to memorize forms of address, table manners, and the elaborate snarled rankings of the peerage.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • We in the peerage are forgiving.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • And what are his claims to the peerage?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • Hence his peerage.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • While she was gone to cry her farewells over the pork, I gave that whole peerage away to the servants.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Her husband was really deserving of her; independent of his peerage, his wealth, and his attachment, being to a precision the most charming young man in the world.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Her husband was a man whose peerage was treated as the convenient afterthought.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • I believe, according to the peerage, it is ten years, but ten years with Monmouth must have been like eternity, with time thrown in.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The middle-aged man in the pew knows scarcely more of the affairs of the peerage than any crossing-sweeper in Holborn.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House

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  • He came home and looked out his history in the Peerage: he introduced his name into his daily conversation; he bragged about his Lordship to his daughters.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • —or from Fitzalan and De Vere, her maternal grandfather having had a cousin in the peerage?
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • We haven’t got peerage and social climbing to occupy us much, and decent people do not take interest in politics or elderly people in sport.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • In the midst of this Round Table of beggary, Clopin Trouillefou,—as the doge of this senate, as the king of this peerage, as the pope of this conclave,— dominated; first by virtue of the height of his hogshead, and next by virtue of an indescribable, haughty, fierce, and formidable air, which caused his eyes to flash, and corrected in his savage profile the bestial type of the race of vagabonds.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • When I walked into his office on Monday afternoon, General Bentley Durrell looked like the last surviving member of an elite but critically endangered peerage.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • A secretary made report that forasmuch as the late King had provided in his will for conferring the ducal degree upon the Earl of Hertford and raising his brother, Sir Thomas Seymour, to the peerage, and likewise Hertford’s son to an earldom, together with similar aggrandisements to other great servants of the Crown, the Council had resolved to hold a sitting on the 16th of February for the delivering and confirming of these honours, and that meantime, the late King not having granted,…
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • …than that small infantry Warred on by cranes—though all the giant brood Of Phlegra with th’ heroic race were joined That fought at Thebes and Ilium, on each side Mixed with auxiliar gods; and what resounds In fable or romance of Uther’s son, Begirt with British and Armoric knights; And all who since, baptized or infidel, Jousted in Aspramont, or Montalban, Damasco, or Marocco, or Trebisond, Or whom Biserta sent from Afric shore When Charlemain with all his peerage fell By Fontarabbia.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Not only is he of the British peerage, but he is also, on dit, a leader of the British metal industries.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Mrs. Cadwallader was strong on the intended creation of peers: she had it for certain from her cousin that Truberry had gone over to the other side entirely at the instigation of his wife, who had scented peerages in the air from the very first introduction of the Reform question, and would sign her soul away to take precedence of her younger sister, who had married a baronet.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • A baronetcy was spoken of with confidence; a peerage was frequently mentioned.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • At Lady Sligo’s I remember pressing some spruce boy to tell me how life was lived in the peerage; whether Garters were taken seriously.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • But about a hundred years ago, heirs in like case began to join the two names by hyphenation, and such names are now very common in the British peerage.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Martin was astonished by the familiarity; he remembered that she had once gone to a charity ball in Zenith but he had not known that she was so intimate with the peerage.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Photography, reproduced by the half-tone process, has made me familiar with the appearance of the daughters of the English peerage; and I can honestly say that I would have sold the lot, faces, dowries, clothes, titles, and all, for a smile from this woman.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • The degrees in infamy are as numerous and as scrupulously observed as the degrees in the peerage: the moralist’s notion that there are depths at which the moral atmosphere ceases is as delusive as the rich man’s notion that there are no social jealousies or snobberies among the very poor.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • "King Lot," said he, "is simply a member of your peerage and landed royalty.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • He was not to be numbered among the aldermen—that Peerage of burghers—as he had expected to be, and the consciousness of this soured him to-day.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • He is thirty-three years old; I looked in the Peerage.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I suppose you know Sir Pitt’s father refused a peerage.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • During these delectable entertainments, Miss Wirt and the chaperon sate by, and conned over the peerage, and talked about the nobility.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • His politeness for the fair sex has already been hinted at by Miss Rebecca Sharp—in a word, the whole baronetage, peerage, commonage of England, did not contain a more cunning, mean, selfish, foolish, disreputable old man.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The youngest of the three was to receive from a grand-aunt a good hundred thousand livres of income; the second was the heir by entail to the title of the Duke, his uncle; the eldest was to succeed to the peerage of his grandfather.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Visions of balls in Portland Place, presentations at Court, and introductions to half the peerage, filled the minds of the young ladies; who talked of nothing but George and his grand acquaintances to their beloved new friend.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "Actually he’s sixteenth in the peerage," Sim said matter-of-factly.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The peerage may have warmer worshippers and faithfuller believers than Mr. Tulkinghorn, after all, if everything were known.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He is found sometimes, speechless but quite at home, at corners of dinner-tables in great country houses and near doors of drawing-rooms, concerning which the fashionable intelligence is eloquent, where everybody knows him and where half the Peerage stops to say "How do you do, Mr. Tulkinghorn?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • This Duc de Val, although Prince de Mon, that is to say a reigning prince abroad, had so high an idea of France and its peerage, that he viewed everything through their medium.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The apt old scholar of the old school, with his dull black breeches tied with ribbons at the knees, his large black waistcoat, his longsleeved black coat, and his wisp of limp white neckerchief tied in the bow the peerage knows so well, stands in exactly the same place and attitude.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • In the city of Zenith, in the barbarous twentieth century, a family’s motor indicated its social rank as precisely as the grades of the peerage determined the rank of an English family—indeed, more precisely, considering the opinion of old county families upon newly created brewery barons and woolen-mill viscounts.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • "We bear the same arms," George said, as indeed was the fact; Mr. Osborne having consulted with a herald in Long Acre, and picked the L—— arms out of the peerage, when he set up his carriage fifteen years before.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The great red seal was emblazoned with the sham coat of arms which Osborne had assumed from the Peerage, with "Pax in bello" for a motto; that of the ducal house with which the vain old man tried to fancy himself connected.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The peerage contributes more four-wheeled affliction than has ever been seen in that neighbourhood.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • In this way the worthy Rectoress consoled herself, and her daughters sighed and sat over the Peerage all night.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • "I looked for a peerage for you, Pitt," she said (the brother-in-law again turned red).
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • All idea of a Peerage was out of the question, the Baronet’s two seats in Parliament being lost.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Like most American cosmopolites she revered the English peerage, adopted all their standards and beliefs—or what she considered their standards and beliefs—and treasured her encounters with them.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Rumour had it that Mr Merdle had set his golden face against a baronetcy; that he had plainly intimated to Lord Decimus that a baronetcy was not enough for him; that he had said, ’No—a Peerage, or plain Merdle.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Now, as heretofore, he is to be found in doorways of rooms, with his limp white cravat loosely twisted into its old-fashioned tie, receiving patronage from the peerage and making no sign.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • My Lord Gaunt married, as every person who frequents the Peerage knows, the Lady Blanche Thistlewood, a daughter of the noble house of Bareacres, before mentioned in this veracious history.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Bareacres, Johnes of Helvellyn! and Caerylon of Camelot! we may be sure that Becky and Briggs looked out those august names in the Peerage, and followed the noble races up through all the ramifications of the family tree.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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