second estate
noun Usage: often capitalized S&E Date: circa 1935 the second of the traditional political classes; specifically nobility

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Second estate — Second Sec ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

  • second estate — noun the nobility in France and the peerage in Britain • Syn: ↑Lords Temporal • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • second estate — sec′ond estate′ n. why the second of the three estates: the nobles in France; the Lords Temporal in England Compare estate 6) …   From formal English to slang

  • second estate — the second of the three estates: the nobles in France; the lords temporal in England. Cf. estate (def. 5). [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • second estate — /sɛkənd əˈsteɪt/ (say sekuhnd uh stayt) noun See estate (def. 6) …   Australian English dictionary

  • Second Estate — The Nobility …   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

  • Second — Sec ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another; other.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Second Adventist — Second Sec ond, a. [F., fr. L. secundus second, properly, following, fr. sequi to follow. See {Sue} to follow, and cf. {Secund}.] 1. Immediately following the first; next to the first in order of place or time; hence, occurring again; another;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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