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First estate   /fərst ɪstˈeɪt/   Listen
First estate

The clergy in France and the heads of the church in Britain.  Synonym: Lords Spiritual.

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"First estate" Quotes from Famous Books

... startled by the revelation of a caste chaster far than Vere de Vere, and a pride far more serenely throned than Hohenzollern, acknowledged him high-born..."Your lordships will not fail to perceive my will to invigorate some of our ancient epithets: thus, the First Estate of the Realm shall, during the present Regency, be veritably 'First', and in no case last"; anon he blew his bugle: "Let us play the man!—easy to say, hard to do: yet it was first said by an Englishman ...
— The Lord of the Sea • M. P. Shiel

Words linked to "First estate" :   UK, Britain, U.K., France, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, estate of the realm, French Republic, Lords Spiritual, estate, Great Britain, the three estates, United Kingdom

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