Definitions of estate

  1. everything you own; all of your assets ( whether real property or personal property) and liabilities
  2. 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
  3. Settled condition or form of existence; state; condition or circumstances of life or of any person; situation.
  4. Social standing or rank; quality; dignity.
  5. A person of high rank.
  6. 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.
  7. The state; the general body politic; the common- wealth; the general interest; state affairs.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To establish.
  11. Tom settle as a fortune.
  12. To endow with an estate.
  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. To settle an estate upon: to endow with an estate or other property.
  17. Condition; property, esp. in land; an order in the state.
  18. One's entire property; a tract of land; property left after death.
  19. Condition; rank; dignity; means.
  20. A class or order in a state.
  21. 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.
  22. To settle on, as a fortune. The fourth estate, the journalistic press.
  23. Condition of a person or thing; rank; landed property; property in general; orders or classes of men in a country; dominions or possessions.

Usage examples for estate

  1. A good deal had been already heard of Lizzie, and it was at least known of her that she had, for her life, the Portray estate in her hands. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  2. You may marry, and have children, and must hand the estate on to them in as good a condition as you received it. – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  3. The estate next to St. Dunstan's is owned by an American lady. – With the French in France and Salonika by Richard Harding Davis
  4. If you buy such an estate you will have sole right to that part of the water in front of your property, and to the middle of the lake. – The Nameless Castle by Maurus Jókai
  5. Mortimer is not making as much as he was, either; he came to the conclusion that he couldn't get anywhere in that business on so small a capital, and has gone into real estate. – The Sisters-In-Law by Gertrude Atherton
  6. I am afraid that you are making the same mistake I made when I first went into real estate. – Humanly Speaking by Samuel McChord Crothers
  7. What is the estate you mentioned? – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  8. Leave out half a yard to make estate. – Early English Meals and Manners by Various
  9. They tell me you have got a capital estate and plenty of ready. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  10. Some day I'll get you to come to my country place and take a look at my little estate. – The Satyricon, Complete by Petronius Arbiter
  11. Not shame, but care for thine estate. – The Seven Plays in English Verse by Sophocles
  12. I pray you, what thinks he of our estate? – King-Henry-V by Shakespeare, William
  13. E Abolished in Upper Canada with respect to real estate, 87. Prince, Colonel. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  14. With an estate such as the late Mr. Warren must have left, some responsible person would be, of course, necessary. – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  15. Not I. No, she went on; you have taken the man's love from him- I think he did love me, Hugh, in his way- you could not take his estate; now could you, Hugh? – Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker by S. Weir Mitchell
  16. I shall show you a project in writing, that all the houses and possessions of the one part and the other may continue in the same estate for the time to come as they are in at present. – A Journal of the Swedish Embassy in the Years 1653 and 1654, Vol II. by Bulstrode Whitelocke