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Noun: the three estates
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 of the realm [Brit], estate [Brit]

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

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

Encyclopedia: The three estates