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Noun: estate of the realm
Usage: Brit
  1. A major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
    - estate [Brit], the three estates [Brit]

Derived forms: estates of the realm

Type of: class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum

Part of: body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state

Encyclopedia: Estate of the realm