first estate

first estate
noun
the clergy in France and the heads of the church in Britain
Syn: ↑Lords Spiritual
Regions:
Hypernyms: ↑estate of the realm, ↑estate, ↑the three estates

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the first of the three estates: the clergy in France; the Lords Spiritual in England. Cf. estate (def. 5).
[1930-35]

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first estate or First Estate,
the clergy, as distinguished from the nobility and the common people, especially in French history.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • first estate — first′ estate′ n. why the first of the three estates: the clergy in France or the Lords Spiritual in England Compare estate 6) • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • first estate — n. see ESTATE (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • first estate — the first of the three estates: the clergy in France; the Lords Spiritual in England. Cf. estate (def. 5). [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • first estate — /fɜst əˈsteɪt/ (say ferst uh stayt) noun See estate (def. 6) …  

  • first estate — noun Usage: often capitalized F&E Date: 1935 the first of the traditional political estates; specifically clergy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • First Estate — The Clergy …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • estate — [ə stāt′, istāt′] n. [ME & OFr estat, STATE] 1. a) state or condition [to restore the theater to its former estate] b) a condition or stage of life [to come to man s estate] c) status or rank 2 …   English World dictionary

  • estate of the realm — noun a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights • Syn: ↑estate, ↑the three estates • Regions:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • first vested estate — Refers to first estate to vest in heirs after death of ancestor …   Black's law dictionary

  • first vested estate — Refers to first estate to vest in heirs after death of ancestor …   Black's law dictionary

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