estate[ə stāt′, i-]
An oceanfront estate.
- An example of an estate is a mansion.
- An example of an estate is ones home and money.
- state or condition: to restore the theater to its former estate
- a condition or stage of life: to come to man's estate
- status or rank
- Historical esp. in feudal times, any of the three social classes having specific political powers: the first estate was the Lords Spiritual (clergy), the second estate the Lords Temporal (nobility), and the third estate the Commons (bourgeoisie)
- property; possessions; capital; fortune
- the assets and liabilities of a dead or bankrupt person
- landed property; individually owned piece of land containing a residence, esp. one that is large and maintained by great wealth
- Brit. development (sense )
- Archaic display of wealth; pomp
- the degree, nature, extent, and quality of interest or ownership that one has in land or other property
- all the property, real or personal, owned by one
Origin of estateMiddle English and amp; Old French estat, state
- A landed property, usually of considerable size.
- Law 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.
- Chiefly British A housing development.
- The situation or circumstances of one's life: A child's estate gives way to the adult's estate.
- Social position or rank, especially of high order.
- A major social class, such as the clergy, the nobility, or the commons, formerly possessing distinct political rights.
Origin of estateMiddle English estat, condition, from Old French; see State .
- (now rare, archaic) state; condition [from 13th c.]
- (archaic) status, rank [from 13th c.]
- (archaic) The condition of one's fortunes; prosperity, possessions [from 14th c.]
- She's a duchess, a great estate.
- Bible, Mark vi. 21
- Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee.
- (historical) 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 (Estates of the realm) [from 14th c.]
- (law) The nature and extent of a person's interest in, or ownership of, land [from 15th c.]
- An (especially extensive) area of land, under a single ownership [from 18th c.]
- The collective property and liabilities of someone, especially a deceased person [from 19th c.]
- (UK) A housing estate [from 20th c.]
- (UK, automotive) A station wagon; a car with a tailgate (liftgate) and storage space to the rear of the seating which is coterminous with the passenger compartment (often extensible into that compartment via folding or removable seating) [from 20th c.]
From Anglo-Norman astat, from Old French estat (French: état).
estate - Investment & Finance Definition
All the assets that a person has at the time of his or her death. This includes cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, personal property, and other investments. The estate is distributed to the deceased’s heirs as prescribed in the will.
estate - Legal Definition