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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun estate:


The word estate and its family (estates) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun estate

What does estate mean as a name of something?

Estate is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: estates

  1. everything you own; all of your assets (whether real property or personal property) and liabilities
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic words: belongings / holding / property = something owned
    • more specific terms:
      • gross estate = the total valuation of the estate's assets at the time of the person's death
      • net estate = the estate remaining after debts and funeral expenses and administrative expenses have been deducted from the gross estate
      • estate for life / life estate = an estate whose duration is limited to the life of the person holding it
      • legal jointure / jointure = an estate secured to a prospective wife as a marriage settlement in lieu of a dower
  2. extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
    • example: the family owned a large estate on Long Island
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of estate: acres / demesne / land / landed estate
    • more generic terms: immovable / real estate / real property / realty = property consisting of houses and land
    • more specific terms:
      • freehold = an estate held in fee simple or for life
      • glebe = plot of land belonging to an English parish church or an ecclesiastical office
      • leasehold = land or property held under a lease
      • smallholding = a piece of land under 50 acres that is sold or let to someone for cultivation
      • homestead = land acquired from the United States public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating it under the homestead law
      • feoff / fief = a piece of land held under the feudal system
      • barony = the estate of a baron
      • countryseat = an estate in the country
      • Crown land = land that belongs to the Crown
      • manor = the landed estate of a lord
      • seigneury / seigniory / signory = the estate of a seigneur
      • hacienda = a large estate in Spanish-speaking countries
      • plantation = an estate where cash crops are grown on a large scale
      • entail = land received by fee tail
  3. a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights

Alternative definition of the noun estate


  1. [context: now rare, archaic] state; condition [definition from 13th c.]
  2. [archaic] status, rank [definition from 13th c.]
  3. [archaic] The condition of one's fortunes; prosperity, possessions [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [obsolete] A "person of estate"; a nobleman or noblewoman [definition 14th-17th c.]
  5. [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 (w:Estates of the realm) [definition from 14th c.]
  6. [legal] The nature and extent of a person's interest in, or ownership of, land [definition from 15th c.]
  7. An (especially extensive) area of land, under a single ownership [definition from 18th c.]
  8. The collective property and liabilities of someone, especially a deceased person [definition from 19th c.]
  9. [UK] A housing estate [definition from 20th c.]
  10. [UK, automotive] A station wagon; a car with a tailgate (or liftgate) and storage space to the rear of the seating which is coterminous with the passenger compartment (and often extensible into that compartment via folding or removable seating) [definition from 20th c.]


  1. "Estate" is an Italian song written in 1960 by Bruno Martino and Bruno Brighetti. A minor hit in Italy when released, it eventually became a worldwide jazz standard largely through its interpretation by João Gilberto.
  2. "Estate" is a jazz album by Michel Petrucciani.


Estate is a building function.

  • also known as propriété

Phrases with Estate

Phrases starting with the word Estate:

  1. estate car
  2. estate tax
  3. estate agent
  4. Estate in land
  5. estate for life

Phrases ending with the word Estate:

  1. net estate
  2. life estate
  3. real estate
  4. real-estate
  5. Sink estate
  6. Crown Estate
  7. first estate
  8. gross estate
  9. third estate
  10. fourth estate
  11. landed estate
  12. second estate
  13. Council Estate
  14. housing estate
  15. personal estate

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Estate

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Google previewFederal Taxation of S Corporations (2014)

by Deborah H. Schenk

shareholder because it was a grantor trust before the death of the owner within the previous two years, the owner's estate is the potential current beneficiary."7 If the distributee trust received assets under a will within the previous two years, the ...

Google previewAnderson's Business Law and the Legal Environment, Comprehensive Volume (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A leasehold estate is an ownership of a temporary right to hold land or property in which a lessee or a tenant holds rights of real property...

In common law and statutory law, a life estate is the ownership of land for the duration of a person's life.

Google previewPublic Real Estate Markets and Investments (2014)

by H. Kent Baker, Peter Chinloy

Real estate is a supplementary investment used to diversify a primary portfolio consisting of stocks, bonds, and other securities or assets. In a period of low interest rates but highly expansionary monetary policy, a risk exists of future rising rates ...

Google previewProfit from Property (2011)

Your Step-by-Step Guide to Successful Real Estate Development by Philip Thomas

Real estate is the foundation of our society. It's a finite commodity, so, as population expands, real...

Well-located, incomeproducing real estate is an outstanding long- term investment.

Google previewFoundations of Real Estate Financial Modelling (2015)

by Roger Staiger

Conceptually, the physical real estate is an expense item while the...

In fact, real estate is the second largest asset class in the US and was actually the largest asset class in 2006, prior to the bubble bursting. To provide some context, in 2010 ...

Google previewMultilingual Law Dictionary (1979)

by Lawrence Deems Egbert, Fernando Morales Macedo

estate linge vererblich ist domaine (f); propriété (f) fon2328.

Google previewPersonal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management by Barbara Friedberg

Estate Planning Estate planning is the roadmap for distribution of one's financial and personal assets upon death.

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Quotes about Estate

Now, one thing I tell everyone is learn about real estate. Repeat after me: real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values and the least risk. (Armstrong Williams)
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Scrabble value of E1S1T1A1T1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ESTATE

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