Definition Of estate


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.

If they really did that, we would simply have to say: ‘We, the judges, are an independent estate of the realm and it's not open to the legislature to put us out of business.’

a particular state, period, or condition in life.

programs for the improvement of man's estate

an area or amount of land or property, in particular.

And when Martha Raye died three years later, she left most of her multi-million dollar estate to him, not to her only child.

Example Of estate

  • estate duty

  • a chamber without a chair of estate

  • A successful crime-busting programme which has turned a notorious estate into a sought-after residential area is in line for a top national award.

  • About a dozen fellow students and I borrowed some old bikes from a local bike store and rode with our teacher to a large coffee estate just outside of town.

  • After Joan's death, the estate was to be divided equally among George's grandchildren.

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