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Oct 31, 2006
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Ordinal words

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fifth column
fourth estate
third degree
second fiddle
first water

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fourth estate

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fourth estate (forth i-STAYT) noun: Journalistic profession, the press.

[Supposedly, a power other than the three estates (the Lords Spiritual, the Lords Temporal, and the House of Commons) in UK.]

"At 8:20, an e-mail was sent to the fourth estate, inviting journalists to a press conference which was to be held just 40 minutes later."
O'Leary Has His Eyes on the Prize; The Sunday Business Post (Dublin, Ireland); Oct 8, 2006.

See more usage examples of fourth estate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.


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