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first estate

(Historical Terms) the first of the three estates of the realm, such as the Lords Spiritual in England or the clergy in France until the revolution
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first′ estate′

the first of the three estates: the clergy in France or the Lords Spiritual in England. Compare estate (def. 6).
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Noun1.first estate - the clergy in France and the heads of the church in Britain
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
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A COCK, scratching for food for himself and his hens, found a precious stone and exclaimed: "If your owner had found thee, and not I, he would have taken thee up, and have set thee in thy first estate; but I have found thee for no purpose.
In his desire to encourage the next generation of gamekeepers Viscount Leverhulme ensured Badanloch became the first estate in Scotland to accept students from the North College UHI as part of their training, in 1986.
She also promised that journalists will carry out their responsibilities as the first estate of the realm and will promote professionalism.
Built in the 1950s, Abercorn is thought to be the first estate bought privately following Margaret Thatcher's right to buy scheme.
MIDLAND luxury carmaker Aston Martin has announced plans to make its first estate model as part of its expanding Vanquish Zagato range.
In 2012, Matthiasson was part of the Acumen's founding team, which developed the first estate vineyard after owner Eric Yuan purchased it from Dr.
The company has made the decision to roll out a sales service across each branch following the success of The Castledene Group's first estate agency, which opened in mid-2014 in Easington, has since exceeded sales expectations by more than 40% each month.
Cornerstone are the first estate agents to offer an auction specifically for properties in the HD8, south Huddersfield and surrounding postcodes and are expecting a good selection of residential properties, commercial premises and land on offer.
The XF Sportbrake will be the first estate car the company has built for three years.
"In 1999 we were the first estate agents in Wales to have a website posted on our for sale board and in 2011 our innovation continues with iPhone apps and iPad apps." WHAT'S IT GOT?
"From creative agencies to engineering and manufacturing companies, Team Valley provides an extremely important base for a number of important industries and it is still going from strength-tostrength even after 75 years." Team Valley was the first estate of its kind in the UK and today is home to 740 businesses, covering 7.5m sq ft and employing over 21,000 people.
Like all Volvo vehicles, safety is vital and as such the V60 is the world's first estate to offer Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake.

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