- Settled condition or form of existence; state; condition or circumstances of life or of any person; situation."When I came to man's estate." [Shak.]"Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate." [Romans xii. 16.]
- Social standing or rank; quality; dignity."God hath imprinted his authority in several parts, upon several estates of men." [Jer. Taylor.]
- A person of high rank.(Obs)"She's a duchess, a great estate." [Latimer.]"Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee." [Mark vi. 21.]
- A property which a person possesses; a fortune; possessions, esp. property in land; also, property of all kinds which a person leaves to be divided at his death."See what a vast estate he left his son." [Dryden.]
- The state; the general body politic; the common-wealth; the general interest; state affairs.(Obs)"I call matters of estate not only the parts of sovereignty, but whatsoever . . . concerneth manifestly any great portion of people." [Bacon.]
- pl.The great classes or orders of a community or state (as the clergy, the nobility, and the commonalty of England) or their representatives who administer the government; as, the estates of the realm (England), which are (1) the lords spiritual, (2) the lords temporal, (3) the commons.
- [Law] The degree, quality, nature, and extent of one's interest in, or ownership of, lands, tenements, etc.; as, an estate for life, for years, at will, etc.
Etymology: OF. estat, F. état, L. status, fr. stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. State