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- 2 (also estate of the realm) a class or order regarded as forming part of the body politic, in particular (in Britain), one of the three groups constituting Parliament, now the Lords spiritual (the heads of the Church), the Lords temporal (the peerage), and the Commons. They are also known as the three estates: the unions are no longer an estate of the realm
- 4Britishshort for estate car.
Middle English (in the sense 'state or condition'): from Old French estat, from Latin status 'state, condition', from stare 'to stand'