What does the word peerage mean?

Usage examples for peerage

  1. I now heard for the first time that our great leader had been elevated to the peerage by the title of Lord Wellington, and I sincerely believe- however now I may smile at the confession- that, at the moment, I felt more elation at the circumstance than he did. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  2. " Before this time to- morrow" said he, " I shall have gained a peerage or Westminster Abbey." – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12) by S. Rappoport
  3. Estates sufficient to support the highest rank in the peerage were distributed among his illegitimate children. – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 5 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay