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Noun: estate  i'steyt or e'steyt
  1. Everything you own; all of your assets (whether real property or personal property) and liabilities
  2. Extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
    "the family owned a large estate on Long Island";
    - land, landed estate, acres, demesne
  3. [Brit] 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 of the realm [Brit], the three estates [Brit]
  4. [Brit, informal] A car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
    - beach wagon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], station wagon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], wagon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], estate car [Brit, Cdn], beach waggon [Cdn, Austral, NZ], station waggon [N. Amer, Austral, NZ], waggon [Cdn, Austral, NZ]
  5. [Brit] A group of buildings built together as a single development on a designated area of land
    "you will find rough estates and Georgian or redbrick areas in close proximity"

Derived forms: estates

Type of: auto [informal], autocar [archaic], automobile [N. Amer], belongings, car, class, holding, immovable, motorcar, property, real estate, real property, realty, social class, socio-economic class, stratum, wheel [informal], whip [US, informal]

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

Encyclopedia: Estate