estate

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. Historical esp. in feudal times, any of the three social classes having specific political powers: the first estate was the Lords Spiritual (clergy), the second estate the Lords Temporal (nobility), and the third estate the Commons (bourgeoisie): see also FOURTH ESTATE
3. property; possessions; capital; fortune
4. the assets and liabilities of a dead or bankrupt person
5. landed property; individually owned piece of land containing a residence, esp. one that is large and maintained by great wealth
6. Brit. DEVELOPMENT (sense 4)
7. Archaic display of wealth; pomp
8. Law
a) the degree, nature, extent, and quality of interest or ownership that one has in land or other property
b) all the property, real or personal, owned by one

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Synonyms:
, / , (in life or society), / , , , / (of those who constitute the State or the government of a State), , / (in any species of permanent property)


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