second estate


noun

the second of the three estates: the nobles in France; the lords temporal in England.Compare estate(def 5).

Origin of second estate

First recorded in 1930–35
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Related Words for second estate

aristocracy, cream, elite, gentry, privileged, patriciate

British Dictionary definitions for second estate

second estate

noun

rare the nobility collectively
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