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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Tiers 'etat \Tiers` ['e]`tat"\ [F.] The third estate, or commonalty, in France, answering to the commons in Great Britain; -- so called in distinction from, and as inferior to, the nobles and clergy. [1913 Webster] Note: The refusal of the clergy and nobility to give the tiers ['e]tat a representation in the States-general proportioned to their actual numbers had an important influence in bringing on the French Revolution of 1789. Since that time the term has been purely historical. [1913 Webster]