- a piece of landed property, especially one of large extent with an elaborate house on it: to have an estate in the country.
- property or possessions.
- the legal position or status of an owner, considered with respect to property owned in land or other things.
- the degree or quantity of interest that a person has in land with respect to the nature of the right, its duration, or its relation to the rights of others.
- interest, ownership, or property in land or other things.
- the property of a deceased person, a bankrupt, etc., viewed as an aggregate.
- British. a housing development.
- a period or condition of life: to attain to man's estate.
- a major political or social group or class, especially one once having specific political powers, as the clergy, nobles, and commons in France or the lords spiritual, lords temporal, and commons in England.
- condition or circumstances with reference to worldly prosperity, estimation, etc.; social status or rank.
- Obsolete. pomp or state.
- Obsolete. high social status or rank.
- Obsolete. to establish in or as in an estate.
Origin of estate
Examples from the Web for estate
Plus, the Spey, one of the most famous salmon rivers in the world, bordered the south side of the estate.
Which is why in 1961, the distillery finally decided to purchase the estate and its adjoining home.
So the trip to The Macallan estate was sort of a pilgrimage.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
You can find fourteen of these copper creations, all initially containing 3,900 liters of liquid apiece, on the Macallan estate.When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters
December 9, 2014
But being hung up on before having chance to tell the unnamed desk sergeant I was with the fourth estate is not the norm.The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis
November 26, 2014
The rest of the estate went to the testator's widow for life, and then to charity.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Speculation was rife as to who would inherit the estate which he left behind him.Brave and Bold
I have advised you to resume your own estate: that you won't do.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
During Tuesday the body was viewed by the tenants on the estate, the neighbors and friends.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Now then, John, you are the administrator of my father's estate; you have seen what you have seen.Her Father's Daughter
- a large piece of landed property, esp in the country
- mainly British a large area of property development, esp of new houses or (trading estate) of factories
- property law
- property or possessions
- the nature of interest that a person has in land or other property, esp in relation to the right of others
- the total extent of the real and personal property of a deceased person or bankrupt
- Also called: estate of the realm an order or class of persons in a political community, regarded collectively as a part of the body politic: usually regarded as being the lords temporal (peers), lords spiritual, and commonsSee also States General, fourth estate
- state, period, or position in life, esp with regard to wealth or social standingyouth's estate; a poor man's estate
Word Origin and History for estate
early 13c., "rank, standing, condition," from Anglo-French astat, Old French estat "state, position, condition, health, status, legal estate" (Modern French état), from Latin status "state or condition," from root of stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
For initial e-, see especial. Sense of "property" is late 14c., from that of "worldly prosperity;" specific application to "landed property" (usually of large extent) is first recorded in American English 1620s. A native word for this was Middle English ethel (Old English æðel) "ancestral land or estate, patrimony." Meaning "collective assets of a dead person or debtor" is from 1830.
The three estates (in Sweden and Aragon, four) conceived as orders in the body politic date from late 14c. In France, they are the clergy, nobles, and townsmen; in England, originally the clergy, barons, and commons, later Lords Spiritual, Lords Temporal, and commons. For Fourth Estate see four.