third estate


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third estate

n.
The third of the traditional social classes; the common people.

third estate

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the third order or class in a country or society divided into estates, esp for representation in a parliament; the commons, townsmen, or middle class

third′ estate′


n.
the third of the three estates: the commons in France or England. Compare estate (def. 6).
[1595–1605]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.third estate - the common peoplethird estate - the common people      
estate of the realm, the three estates, estate - 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
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe

third estate

noun
The common people:
common (used in plural), commonality, commonalty, commoner (used in plural), crowd, hoi polloi, mass (used in plural), mob, pleb (used in plural), plebeian (used in plural), populace, public, ruck.
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Have you thought," continued Fouquet, becoming animated with that strength of talent which in a few seconds originates, and matures the conception of a plan, and with that largeness of view which foresees all consequences, and embraces every result at a glance - "have you thought that we must assemble the nobility, the clergy, and the third estate of the realm; that we shall have to depose the reigning sovereign, to disturb by so frightful a scandal the tomb of their dead father, to sacrifice the life, the honor of a woman, Anne of Austria, the life and peace of mind and heart of another woman, Maria Theresa; and suppose that it were all done, if we were to succeed in doing it - "
Later in the week, catch Transum at Bodafon Farm in Llandudno on Wednesday and Bones, Third Estate and Sean Vel at The North in Rhyl on Thursday.
LIVERPOOL property group, Marshall, has opened a third estate agency branch in Penny Lane with managing director Paul Marshall predicting further openings in the North West in the next 18 months.
But the subordination of the third estate to the political executive is even far more serious.
The term therefore implies that the third world is exploited, and that, like the third estate its destiny is a revolutionary one.
Will we see in Egypt a democracy that can accommodate all citizens and an the independent rule of law, or the third estate, which would serve as the referee between the executive and legislative branches?
The third estate at Stillwater Point, inspired by European Country elegance, is "Evergreen" - 4,400-square-feet of serene living uniquely designed to capture the spectacular lake and mountain views.
We are now the third estate agency on Colmore Row with a strong shopfront presence.
It is undoubtedly the greatest political storm for many years--possibly the greatest since the Third Estate gathered in Versailles.
Gruder's presentation of the political writings of the period undermines the belief commonly held by historians that the ruling of the Parlement of Paris of September 1788 stirred the third estate to action and turned it against the privileged orders.
I rather suspect things have also got a little worse at the tripe and onions end of the market, which would explain why the third estate are flocking in their droves to what are now euphemistically referred to as the "Continental Grocers"--deep discounters to you and me, who seem enamoured of the type of "you'll get what you get when we see fit" service that has given the land of their birth its colourful political history.