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first estate

noun
1.
the first of the three estates: the clergy in France; the Lords Spiritual in England.
Compare estate (def 5).
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35
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first estate

noun
1.
the first of the three estates of the realm, such as the Lords Spiritual in England or the clergy in France until the revolution
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