States General

plural noun

: the assembly of the three orders of clergy, nobility, and third estate in France before the French Revolution
: the legislature of the Netherlands from the 15th century to 1796

Word History

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of States General was in 1575

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“States General.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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