Definitions of estate

  1. Tom settle as a fortune.
  2. To endow with an estate.
  3. To settle an estate upon: to endow with an estate or other property.
  4. To settle on, as a fortune. The fourth estate, the journalistic press.
  5. a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country and formerly possessing distinct political rights
  6. Settled condition or form of existence; state; condition or circumstances of life or of any person; situation.
  7. Social standing or rank; quality; dignity.
  8. A person of high rank.
  9. 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.
  10. The state; the general body politic; the common- wealth; the general interest; state affairs.
  11. 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 the lords spiritual, the lords temporal, the commons.
  12. 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.
  13. Generally, all the property you own when you die.
  14. Condition of life; rank. Position or quality; the title or interest one has in lands or tenements; property in general; any one of the different orders or classes of men in a country.
  15. Fixed or established condition; special form of existence; as, condition or circumstances of any person or thing; state; situation- now most commonly state of a person as regards external circumstances; as, " Ransom nature from her inaidable estate."- Shak.; " Whose life in low estate began."- Tennyson: rank; quality; " And was, according to his estate, royally entertained."- Shak; in law, the interest or quantity of interest a man has in lands, tenements, or other effects; estates are real or personal ; real estate comprises lands, tenements, and hereditaments, held or enjoyed for an estate of freehold, personal estate comprises interests for terms of years in lands, tenements, and hereditaments, and property of every other description; real estate descends to heirs, personal to executors or administrators; all real estates not being of copyhold tenure, or what are called customary freeholds, are either of freehold or less than freehold ; of the latter kind are estates for years, at will, and by sufferance- estates are also divided into legal, equitable, and customary: fortune; possessions ; property in general; as, he is a man of a great estate: often property left at a man's death; as, at his death his estate was of the value of half a million, the trustees proceeded to realize the estate: a piece of landed property; a definite portion of land in the ownership of some one; as, there is more wood on his estate than on mine; state in the sense of body politic; commonwealth ; public ; public interest; as, " The true greatness of kingdoms and estates and the means thereof ... I call matters of estate not only the parts of sovereignty, but whatever introduceth any great alteration, or dangerous precedent, or concerneth manifestly any great portion of people."- Bacon: an order or class of men constituting a state ( Mark v. 21); in Great Britain the estates of the realm are the lords spiritual, the lords temporal, and the commons ; as, " When the crowned Northman consulted on the welfare of his kingdom he assembled the estates of his realm. Now, an estate is a class of the nation invested with political rights. There appeared the estate of the clergy, of the barons, of other classes. In the Scandinavian kingdom to this day the estate of the peasants sends its representatives to the diet," says Disraeli: person of high rank; as, " She is a dutchess, a great estate."- Latimer.
  16. Condition; property, esp. in land; an order in the state.
  17. One's entire property; a tract of land; property left after death.
  18. Condition; rank; dignity; means.
  19. A class or order in a state.
  20. A fixed condition or state; condition; rank; the interest, or quantity of interest, that a man has in lands, tenements, or other effects; property, especially landed property; the state or body politic; the British legislature, as consisting of the estates of king, lords, and commons.
  21. Condition of a person or thing; rank; landed property; property in general; orders or classes of men in a country; dominions or possessions.