second estate

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second estate

(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rare the nobility collectively

sec′ond estate′

the second of the three estates: the nobles in France; the Lords Temporal in England. Compare estate (def. 6).
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Noun1.second estate - the nobility in France and the peerage 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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On the Tuesday, the estate agent came out and a second estate agent came on Wednesday and on Thursday, we had an offer.
On the death of the surviving spouse/civil partner any unused Nil-Rate Band of the first to die can be carried forward to the second estate (the Transferable Nil-Rate Band).
Police recovered this about a mile from the scene but are still trying to trace a second estate car the thieves are believed to have transferred to.
The second estate dominated socially and culturally as well leading in administrative posts.

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