the first of the three estates: the clergy in France; the Lords Spiritual in England.Compare estate(def 5).
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Origin of first estate
First recorded in 1930–35
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British Dictionary definitions for first estate
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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