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.
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Origin of fourth estate
First recorded in 1830–40
Words nearby fourth estate
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The term 'fourth-estate' is often used to designate the Press.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
British Dictionary definitions for fourth estate
(sometimes capitals) journalists or their profession; the pressSee estate (def. 4)
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