third estate


noun

the third of the three estates or political orders: the commons in France or England.Compare estate(def 5).

Nearby words

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  2. third cuneiform bone,
  3. third degree,
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  6. third eye,
  7. third eyelid,
  8. third fibular muscle,
  9. third finger,
  10. third force

Origin of third estate

First recorded in 1595–1605

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British Dictionary definitions for third estate

third estate

noun

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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