fourth estate


noun (often initial capital letters)

the journalistic profession or its members; the press.
a group other than the usual powers, as the three estates of France, that wields influence in the politics of a country.

Origin of fourth estate

First recorded in 1830–40
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fourth estate

noun

(sometimes capitals) journalists or their profession; the pressSee estate (def. 4)
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