a piece of landed property, especially one of large extent with an elaborate house on it: to have an estate in the country.
property or possessions.
the legal position or status of an owner, considered with respect to property owned in land or other things.
the degree or quantity of interest that a person has in land with respect to the nature of the right, its duration, or its relation to the rights of others.
interest, ownership, or property in land or other things.
the property of a deceased person, a bankrupt, etc., viewed as an aggregate.
British. a housing development.
a period or condition of life: to attain to man's estate.
a major political or social group or class, especially one once having specific political powers, as the clergy, nobles, and commons in France or the lords spiritual, lords temporal, and commons in England.
condition or circumstances with reference to worldly prosperity, estimation, etc.; social status or rank.
Obsolete. pomp or state.
Obsolete. high social status or rank.
verb (used with object), estated, estating.
Obsolete. to establish in or as in an estate.

1175–1225; Middle English estat < Middle French; cognate with Provençal estat. See state

1. See property. Unabridged
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estate (ɪˈsteɪt)
1.  a large piece of landed property, esp in the country
2.  chiefly (Brit) a large area of property development, esp of new houses or (trading estate) of factories
3.  property law
 a.  property or possessions
 b.  the nature of interest that a person has in land or other property, esp in relation to the right of others
 c.  the total extent of the real and personal property of a deceased person or bankrupt
4.  States General See also fourth estate Also called: estate of the realm an order or class of persons in a political community, regarded collectively as a part of the body politic: usually regarded as being the lords temporal (peers), lords spiritual, and commons
5.  state, period, or position in life, esp with regard to wealth or social standing: youth's estate; a poor man's estate
[C13: from Old French estat, from Latin status condition, state]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from Anglo-Fr. astat, O.Fr. estat, from L. status "state or condition," from root of stare "to stand" from PIE base *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Oldest sense is of "rank, standing, condition;" sense of "property" is late 14c., from "worldly prosperity;" specific
application to "landed property" (usually of large extent) is first recorded in Amer.Eng. 1620s. A native word for this was M.E. ethel (O.E. æðel) "ancestral land or estate, patrimony." Meaning "collective assets of a dead person or debtor" is from 1830. The three estates (in Sweden and Aragon, four) conceived as orders in the body politic date from late 14c. In France, they are the clergy, nobles, and townsmen; in England, originally the clergy, barons, and commons, later Lords Spiritual, Lords Temporal, and commons. For Fourth Estate see four.
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Example sentences
There are ways to have your parents put money in estates and trusts, which
  leaves them with money, but technically poor.
The rich have frequently chosen inbreeding as a means to keep estates intact
  and consolidate power.
Animals live in the wild on game estates, but can be hunted.
He will demand really effective inheritance and gift taxes and the breaking up
  of trust funds and estates.
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