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third estate

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


n.
the third of the three estates: the commons in France or England. Compare estate (def. 6).
[1595–1605]
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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
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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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On a third estate the priest, bearing a cross, came to meet him surrounded by children whom, by the count's generosity, he was instructing in reading, writing, and religion.
An oppressed class under the sway of the feudal nobility, an armed and self-governing association in the mediaeval commune; here independent urban republic (as in Italy and Germany), there taxable "third estate" of the monarchy (as in France), afterwards, in the period of manufacture proper, serving either the semi-feudal or the absolute monarchy as a counterpoise against the nobility, and, in fact, corner-stone of the great monarchies in general, the bourgeoisie has at last, since the establishment of Modern Industry and of the world-market, conquered for itself, in the modern representative State, exclusive political sway.
"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 - "
The vast Third Estate works grueling jobs and gains points from their labor to be chosen in the Ascension lottery, where they will be taken out of poverty in hopes for a better life.
Bryony's two mounts included Third Estate, who finished second for retiring trainer Martin Hill - a last runner for a local handler at Totnes.
By the time the assembly was meeting in 1789, the Third Estate, representing the middle classes, was in a state of revolt, eventually breaking off to form their own "National Assembly" representing the people against the other two estates the clergy and the nobility.
1579: Sir Francis Drake, below left, claimed San Francisco Bay for England 1789: During the French Revolution, The Third Estate declared itself a national assembly, and began to frame a constitution 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York City aboard the French ship Isere.
Even more important to note, and quite astonishing, I must say, is the compelling reasons for which these activists have chosen to speak: the common malaise besetting all of us as a people; the detrimental impact of failures in leadership positions on the Nigerian people; our shared suffering and predicaments; the incessant looting of our commonwealth; and the stomach-churning apathy with which most members of the third estate in our society have reacted to these anomalies.
At the opening of the Estates General in May 1789, the Third Estate (bourgeoisie) refused to accept the rigid dress code distinguishing them from the clergy and nobility.
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.
The editors have organized the works that make up the main body of the text in seven chapters devoted to the third estate, the rights of man and citizen, the controversy between Paine and Sieyes, the gains of liberty in the representative system, and a variety of other related subjects.