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Definition of Estate

(noun) A segment of a social hierarchy with legal rights and obligations.

Example of Estate

Estate Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: es·tate

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /i-stAYt/
  • British English – /i-stAYt/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ɪˈsteɪt/
  • British English – /ɪˈsteɪt/

Usage Note

  • Plural: estates

Additional Information

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Works Consulted

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Reference. (http://www.oxfordreference.com/).

Stewart, Paul, and Johan Zaaiman, eds. 2015. Sociology: A Concise South African Introduction. Cape Town: Juta.

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) Routledge Handbooks Online. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

Tischler, Henry L. 2011. Introduction to Sociology. 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Turner, Bryan S., ed. 2006. The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of Estate

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “estate.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 24, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/estate/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

estate. (2017). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/estate/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “estate.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 24, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/estate/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“estate.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2017. Web. 24 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/estate/>.