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third estate

the third of the three estates or political orders: the commons in France or England.
Compare estate (def 5).
Origin of third estate
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Instead they were transferred to a third estate, rented to house pigs at risk.
British Dictionary definitions for third estate

third estate

the third order or class in a country or society divided into estates, esp for representation in a parliament; the commons, townsmen, or middle class
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