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States General

Pronunciation: /steɪtsˈdʒɛn(ə)r(ə)l/
(also Estates General)


The legislative body in the Netherlands from the 15th to 18th centuries, and in France until 1789, representing the three estates of the realm (i.e. the clergy, the nobility, and the commons).
Example sentences
  • Then there is the United States General Accounting Office - Congress' watchdog.
  • The States-General opened on May 5, 1789, at Versailles.

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