Definition of fourth estate in English:

fourth estate

Syllabification: fourth es·tate


(the fourth estate)
The press; the profession of journalism: copy desks are held together by the bad-news contingent of the fourth estate
More example sentences
  • The corporate media, the fourth estate, ‘free press’, or whatever one would like to call it owes the public nothing.
  • In many way, this is why I appreciate the fourth estate, the press, or the fifth estate, the web, as it is so important to hear as many voices as possible because sunlight is the best disinfectant.
  • But we have only a minute-and-a-half, so let's hurry through the calendar and isolate some examples of no love lost between the White House and the fourth estate.


originally used humorously in various contexts; its first usage with reference to the press has been attributed to Edmund Burke, but this remains unconfirmed.

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