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Indeed, it is just some semantic shift taking place overtime. The original word is latin "aestas" or "aestatis," meaning summer. From a surface analysis, the logic has shifted in English to dwellings or up-scale living spaces the wealthy enjoy, especially during their months away from work - often times, summer months - not surprising, if you keep in mind ...


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I can't explain it a hundred per cent. One of the meanings of status in Latin was already wealthiness. In French the word ├ętat was used by lawyers as inventory of possessions. In American English one sense of estate became "landed property, usually of considerable size" (AHD). So, if one wants to study the semantic change of Latin status towards landed ...



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