General English

General Science

  • noun an area specially designed and constructed for residential or industrial use


  • noun property left by a dead person


  • noun a rural property consisting of a large area of land and a big house


  • A legal right, title, or interest in real property. Estates in real property fall into two broad categories: ownership, and rights to possess and use real property owned by another.


  • noun an interest in or right to hold and occupy land
  • noun all the property that is owned by a person, especially a person who has recently died


  • noun any of three divisions of parliament or constitutional government, either the Lords Temporal, Lords Spiritual, and the commons, or the crown, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons.

Origin & History of “estate”

Essentially, estate and state are the same word, and originally their meanings were very close (the now archaic ‘reach man’s estate’, for instance, signifies ‘reach the state of manhood’). From the 15th century, however, they began to diverge, estate taking a semantic path via ‘interest in property’ to ‘such property itself’, and finally, in the 18th century, to the ‘land owned by someone’. both come via Old French estat from Latin status ‘way of standing, condition’ (source of English status), a derivative of the verb stāre ‘stand’ (a relative of English stand).