first estate


noun

the first of the three estates: the clergy in France; the Lords Spiritual in England.Compare estate(def 5).

Origin of first estate

First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for first estate

first estate


noun

the first of the three estates of the realm, such as the Lords Spiritual in England or the clergy in France until the revolution
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