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The rest of the estate went to the testator's widow for life, and then to charity.

Speculation was rife as to who would inherit the estate which he left behind him.

I have advised you to resume your own estate: that you won't do.

During Tuesday the body was viewed by the tenants on the estate, the neighbors and friends.

Now then, John, you are the administrator of my father's estate; you have seen what you have seen.

They showed exactly what monies had been paid into the bank for the estate.

There is nothing to do but go over the revenue from the estate.

Had not we best finish our business first, about the O'Reilly estate, sir?

This has not been his fault but his misfortune—the settling of an estate, it may be, or the death of a master.

Then Papa bought an estate and now we are living on Lake Geneva.


early 13c., "rank, standing, condition," from Anglo-French astat, Old French estat "state, position, condition, health, status, legal estate" (Modern French état), from Latin status "state or condition," from root of stare "to stand" from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).

For initial e-, see especial. Sense of "property" is late 14c., from that of "worldly prosperity;" specific application to "landed property" (usually of large extent) is first recorded in American English 1620s. A native word for this was Middle English ethel (Old English æðel) "ancestral land or estate, patrimony." Meaning "collective assets of a dead person or debtor" is from 1830.

The three estates (in Sweden and Aragon, four) conceived as orders in the body politic date from late 14c. In France, they are the clergy, nobles, and townsmen; in England, originally the clergy, barons, and commons, later Lords Spiritual, Lords Temporal, and commons. For Fourth Estate see four.



nounpiece of land, unit of area


nounpiece of land, unit of area
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