third estate


noun

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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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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