second estate

noun, often capitalized S&E

Definition of second estate

: the second of the traditional political classes specifically : nobility

Examples of second estate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The White House is proposing what would amount to a second estate tax. Ryan Ellis, National Review, 17 July 2021

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First Known Use of second estate

circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second estate was circa 1935

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“Second estate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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