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Third estate   /θərd ɪstˈeɪt/   Listen
Third estate

The common people.  Synonym: Commons.

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"Third estate" Quotes from Famous Books

... were divided into three orders, differing in legal rights. These were the Clergy, the Nobility, and the Commons, or Third Estate. The first two, which are commonly spoken of as the privileged orders, contained but a small fraction of the population numerically, but their wealth and position gave them a ...
— The Eve of the French Revolution • Edward J. Lowell

... first of the clergy to join the third estate and contributed largely to the union of the three orders. He took an active part in the abolition of the privileges of the nobles of the church and under the new constitution he was one of the first to take oath. In taking this stand, ...
— The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919 • Various

Words linked to "Third estate" :   UK, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, French Republic, Britain, Great Britain, the three estates, estate, U.K., United Kingdom, France, commons, estate of the realm

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