- 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.
verb (used with object), es·tat·ed, es·tat·ing.
- estate agent,
- estate car,
- estate duty,
- estate tax,
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|DAILY BEAST
You can find fourteen of these copper creations, all initially containing 3,900 liters of liquid apiece, on the Macallan estate.
But being hung up on before having chance to tell the unnamed desk sergeant I was with the fourth estate is not the norm.
He believes that when the Bishop sees himself about to lose the estate, he too will show himself ready for a bargain.Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning|Robert Browning
Mrs. Morris then proceeded to give in fragmentary speeches an outline of the constitution and government of the estate.Desperate Remedies|Thomas Hardy
A man must keep a woman, said the poor fellow to me, but not his estate!Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
If the estate fell to an heiress, her hand was at the king's disposal, and was generally sold by him to the highest bidder.History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)|John Richard Green
The delays of diplomacy are like the delays of law—the estate perishes before the process is at an end.
- 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
Word Origin 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.