- the third of the three estates or political orders: the commons in France or England.Compare estate(def 5).
Origin of third estate
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for third estate
What could be more fascinating for the man of the Third-Estate?
Thus do they interpret in their own way and in their own terms the double representation accorded to the Third-Estate.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 2 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
As the Third-Estate, it must be noted, is the sole class making and saving money, nearly all these creditors belong it.
"The simplicity of English customs," and the customs of the Third-Estate seem to them better adapted to ordinary life.
Now that the Third-Estate has acquired its wealth a good many commoners have become people of society.
- the third order or class in a country or society divided into estates, esp for representation in a parliament; the commons, townsmen, or middle class
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