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Estate of the realm   /ɪstˈeɪt əv ðə rɛlm/   Listen
Estate of the realm

noun
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.  Synonyms: estate, the three estates.






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"Estate of the realm" Quotes from Famous Books



... overestimate the influence of the English press. It has raised itself to such a pitch of importance that it has been not inaptly termed the fourth estate of the realm. But the power which it wields is so enormous and so widespread that it would be nearer the truth to concede to it the dignity of the first estate. All classes see so clearly their interest in supporting it, that the press has become, in effect, a general arbitrator, a court of last ...
— The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I • Various



Words linked to "Estate of the realm" :   U.K., Britain, body politic, commonwealth, commons, fourth estate, country, Lords Temporal, United Kingdom, socio-economic class, land, UK, Great Britain, nation, second estate, social class, French Republic, state, class, France, stratum, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, first estate, third estate, res publica, Lords Spiritual



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