- the third of the three estates or political orders: the commons in France or England.Compare estate(def 5).
Origin of third estate
Related Words for third estatecommonality, bourgeoisie, Everyman, Everywoman, vulgus, bourgeois, citizen, civilian, common, commoner, crowd, mass, mob, peasant, pleb, plebeian, populace, public, ruck
Examples from the Web for third estate
Historical Examples of 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