The estates of the realm

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The estates of the realm are three—Lords Spiritual, Lords Temporal, and Commons; but often misused for the legislature—king, lords, and commons.—The ancient parliament of Scotland consisted of the king and the Three Estates—viz.: (1) archbishops, bishops, abbots, and mitred priors; (2) the barons and the commissioners of shires and stewartries; (3) the commissioners from the royal burghs;—in France, the nobles, clergy, and Third Estate (tiers état) remained separate down to 1789
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. estat (Fr. état)—L. status, a state.

Usage

In literature:

We, too, have our privileges; we, too, are an estate of the realm.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Maynard was foremost in protesting against the attempt of the rabble in the streets to overawe the Estates of the Realm.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The Estates of the Realm wished to establish a general principle.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Even a King reigning by a hereditary title might well shrink from such a contest with the Estates of the Realm.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
REALM, ESTATES OF THE, the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons in Great Britain.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The present estate of music in Italy is an instance of the danger of prophecy in the broad realm of art.
"Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies" by Philip H. Goepp
During the early months of 1258, the aliens ruled the king and realm, added estate to estate, and defied all attempts to dislodge them.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
In his calling together the estates of the realm Edward the First determined the course of English history.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
That imaginary estate has conquered the Three Estates of the Realm.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
The King convened the Estates of the realm for Christmas, 1412.
"John Hus" by William Dallmann
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In poetry:

If earthly care
In that eternal home, where thou dost wait
Renewal of the days that were,
Move thee at all,--upon the realm estate
The wisdom of thy virtue, the full store
Thy life's experience bore!
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

As I drove through the security gate and up the steep road into Kahala View Estates on the slopes of Kahala Valley, I immediately felt as if I was entering a different realm.
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