noun[treated as singular or plural]
- 1The commons.[the first two estates were formerly represented by the clergy, and the barons and knights; later the Lords spiritual and the Lords temporal]More example sentences
- The remainder of the population belonged to the third estate, whose social and economic status varied considerably.
- The discourse about social level that is invoked here has little to do with the old diagram of the three orders of society: aristocracy, clergy, and third estate.
- Besides, petty judges and advocates were the only members of the third estate with wide experience of public life, and the confidence to speak out which it bred.
- 1.1 (the Third Estate) The French bourgeoisie and working class before the French Revolution.[translating French le tiers état]More example sentences
- On June 17, 1789, the Third Estate began the French Revolution by declaring itself a National Assembly.
- And still, all major branches of the French government outside the Third Estate rejected these reforms.
- The Estates General lasted only a little over a month before the leaders of the Third Estate (the bourgeoisie, artisans, and peasantry) transformed it into a National Assembly and took political power from the monarchy.
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