third estate

noun, often capitalized T&E

Definition of third estate

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

Examples of third estate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This applies not just to customers but to every single player in this great charade of restauranting: chefs, restaurateurs, critics, purveyors, flacks, real estate brokers, and members of the third estate. Joshua David Stein, Town & Country, 6 Nov. 2019 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, 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of third estate

1604, in the meaning defined above

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“Third estate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/third%20estate. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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