third estate

third estate
a) The caste of commoners in France prior to 1789.
b) The commoners, collectively, in any society.

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  • Third estate — Third Third (th[ e]rd), a. [OE. thirde, AS. [thorn]ridda, fr. [thorn]r[=i], [thorn]re[ o], three; akin to D. derde third, G. dritte, Icel. [thorn]ri[eth]i, Goth. [thorn]ridja, L. tertius, Gr. tri tos, Skr. t[.r]t[=i]ya. See {Three}, and cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • third estate — third′ estate′ n. why the third of the three estates: the commons in France or England Compare estate 6) • Etymology: 1595–1605 …   From formal English to slang

  • third estate — n. see ESTATE (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • third estate — ► NOUN (treated as sing. or pl. ) ▪ the third order or class in a country or society, made up of the common people …   English terms dictionary

  • third estate — Synonyms and related words: bourgeoisie, common people, common run, common sort, commonage, commonality, commonalty, commoners, commons, laborers, linendrapers, lower classes, lower middle class, lower orders, lumpen proletariat, middle class,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • third estate — the third of the three estates or political orders: the commons in France or England. Cf. estate (def. 5). [1595 1605] * * * French Tiers État In French history, one of the three orders (with the nobility and the clergy) of the Estates General… …   Universalium

  • third estate — noun the common people • Syn: ↑Commons • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Britain, ↑United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ↑Great Britain, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • third estate — /θɜd əˈsteɪt/ (say therd uh stayt) noun the commons. See estate (def. 6) …  

  • third estate — noun Usage: often capitalized T&E Date: 1604 the third of the traditional political orders; specifically the commons …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • third estate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. general public, common people. See populace. II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The common people: common (used in plural), commonality, commonalty, commoner (used in plural), crowd, hoi polloi, mass… …   English dictionary for students

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