the three estates

  1. a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
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How To Use the three estates In A Sentence

  • When the phrase was first coined, the three estates of the body politic were the lords, the clergy and the commons.
  • While it is important to note the mutuality of aid among the three estates, it is equally important to note that social ordering, like the ordering of the cosmos as a whole, was firmly hierarchical.
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