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Definition the members of upper nobility in Great Britain considered as a group


the title or rank of upper nobility
  • In the British peerage system, individuals are ennobled — not families.
  • 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
  • A baronetcy was spoken of with confidence; a peerage was frequently mentioned.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • 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
  • 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
  • He is thirty-three years old; I looked in the Peerage.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And what are his claims to the peerage?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Not only is he of the British peerage, but he is also, on dit, a leader of the British metal industries.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • 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
  • 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
  • "King Lot," said he, "is simply a member of your peerage and landed royalty.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Her husband was a man whose peerage was treated as the convenient afterthought.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • —or from Fitzalan and De Vere, her maternal grandfather having had a cousin in the peerage?
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • 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
  • We in the peerage are forgiving.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hence his peerage.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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