1. A landed property, usually of considerable size.
a. One's property, both real and personal, vested and contingent, especially as disposed of in a will.
b. The nature and extent of an owner's rights with respect to land or other property.
3. Chiefly British A housing development.
4. The situation or circumstances of one's life: A child's estate gives way to the adult's estate.
5. Social position or rank, especially of high order.
6. A major social class, such as the clergy, the nobility, or the commons, formerly possessing distinct political rights.
[Middle English estat, condition, from Old French; see STATE.]
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