second estate

noun

often capitalized S&E
: the second of the traditional political classes
specifically : nobility

Examples of second estate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This second estate, an extension of land seized by King Henry III in 1265, encompasses 45,000 acres in England and Wales. Mary Jordan, Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2023 Such a modern take on wine hospitality might seem anomalous to vintners like the Adams, for whom this is their second estate. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 26 June 2022 The White House is proposing what would amount to a second estate tax. Ryan Ellis, National Review, 17 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of second estate was circa 1935

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“Second estate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second%20estate. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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