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Estate or (Latin) status or (Dutch) staat or (French) état or (German) stand or (Italian) stato.. 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance

Gordon Campbell

In the political sphere the term ‘estate’ denoted a class or order that participated in government either directly or through its representatives. The system of representation through estates arose in Europe in the thirteenth century, and remained in place until it was displaced by popular representation; the French Revolution precipitated the end of representation by estates in France (though the last assembly had been convened in ... ...

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