first estate

noun, often capitalized F&E

Definition of first estate

: the first of the traditional political estates specifically : clergy

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a nation in which the first estate had long held a privileged position
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First Known Use of first estate

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“First estate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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