Tiers état

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tiers état The third estate, or commonalty, in France, answering to the commons in Great Britain; -- so called in distinction from, and as inferior to, the nobles and clergy.☞ The refusal of the clergy and nobility to give the tiers état a representation in the States-general proportioned to their actual numbers had an important influence in bringing on the French Revolution of 1789. Since that time the term has been purely historical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tiers etat tyārz ā-tä′, the third estate of the realm, the common people in relation to political power. See Estate.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.