estate tax


a tax imposed on a decedent's property, assessed on the gross estate prior to distribution to the heirs.

Nearby words

  1. estancia,
  2. estate,
  3. estate agent,
  4. estate car,
  5. estate duty,
  6. estate-bottling,
  7. estates general,
  8. estates-general,
  9. este,
  10. esteem

Origin of estate tax

First recorded in 1905–10

Also called death tax. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019