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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) rare the nobility collectively
the second of the three estates: the nobles in France; the Lords Temporal in England. Compare estate (def. 6).
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|Noun||1.||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