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douze•pers  (do̅o̅zpērz′),USA pronunciation n.pl., sing.,  -per 
    (do̅o̅zpērz′),USA pronunciation 
  1. Mythology[Fr. Legend.]the 12 peers or paladins represented in old romances as attendants of Charlemagne.
  2. World History[Fr. Hist.]the 12 great spiritual and temporal peers of France, taken to represent those of Charlemagne.
Also,  douceperes. 
  • Old French douze pers (plural) twelve equals. See dozen1, peer1
  • Middle English dusze pers (plural) 1175–1225

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