Estate Es*tate" ([e^]s*t[=a]t"), n. [OF. estat, F. ['e]tat, L. status, fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {State}.] 1. Settled condition or form of existence; state; condition or circumstances of life or of any person; situation. ``When I came to man's estate.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. --Romans xii. 16. [1913 Webster]

2. Social standing or rank; quality; dignity. [1913 Webster]

God hath imprinted his authority in several parts, upon several estates of men. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

3. A person of high rank. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

She's a duchess, a great estate. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee. --Mark vi. 21. [1913 Webster]

4. A property which a person possesses; a fortune; possessions, esp. property in land; also, property of all kinds which a person leaves to be divided at his death. [1913 Webster]

See what a vast estate he left his son. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. The state; the general body politic; the common-wealth; the general interest; state affairs. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I call matters of estate not only the parts of sovereignty, but whatsoever . . . concerneth manifestly any great portion of people. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

6. pl. The great classes or orders of a community or state (as the clergy, the nobility, and the commonalty of England) or their representatives who administer the government; as, the estates of the realm (England), which are (1) the lords spiritual, (2) the lords temporal, (3) the commons. [1913 Webster]

7. (Law) The degree, quality, nature, and extent of one's interest in, or ownership of, lands, tenements, etc.; as, an estate for life, for years, at will, etc. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

{The fourth estate}, a name often given to the public press. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

, / , (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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  • 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 — 1. The meaning of estate in the term three estates of the realm is a historical one, ‘an order or class forming part of the body politic’. The three estates are the Lords Spiritual (i.e. the heads of the Church), the Lords Temporal (i.e. the… …   Modern English usage

  • estate — early 13c., rank, standing, condition, from Anglo Fr. astat, O.Fr. estat state, position, condition, health, status, legal estate (Mod.Fr. état), from L. status state or condition, from root of stare to stand from PIE root *sta to stand (see STET …   Etymology dictionary

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  • estate — ► NOUN 1) a property consisting of a large house and extensive grounds. 2) Brit. an area of land and modern buildings developed for residential, industrial, or commercial purposes. 3) a property where crops such as coffee or rubber are cultivated …   English terms dictionary

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