third estate

noun, often capitalized T&E

Definition of third estate

: the third of the traditional political orders specifically : the commons

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Like the revolutionaries of 1789, those in the contemporary French third estate (the commoners) have been stirred by the hypocrisy of their betters. Joel Kotkin, National Review, "The Return to Serfdom," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of third estate

1604, in the meaning defined above

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