first estate

noun, often capitalized F&E

Definition of first estate 

: the first of the traditional political estates specifically : clergy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for first estate

Synonyms

church, clergy, cloth, ministry, spirituality, spiritualty

Antonyms

laity

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Examples of first estate in a Sentence

a nation in which the first estate had long held a privileged position

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Their first estate wines, including barberas and primitivos, recently were released. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Let's take drive: Three wineries worth a visit in Amador County | The Sacramento Bee," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of first estate

1935, in the meaning defined above

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