HyperDic: estate_of_the_realm

English > 1 sense of the expression estate of the realm:
NOUNgroupestate of the realm, estate, the three estatesa 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
English > estate of the realm: 1 sense > noun 1, group
MeaningA 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.
Synonymsestate, the three estates
Part ofstate, nation, country, land, commonwealth, res publica, body politicA politically organized body of people under a single government
RegionFrance, French RepublicA republic in western Europe
United Kingdom, UK, U.K., Britain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Great BritainA monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles
Narrowerfirst estate, Lords SpiritualThe clergy in France and the heads of the church in Britain
fourth estateThe press, including journalists, newspaper writers, photographers
second estate, Lords TemporalThe nobility in France and the peerage in Britain
third estate, CommonsThe common people
Broaderclass, stratum, social class, socio-economic classPeople having the same social, economic, or educational status

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