State – el estado
Note: State (noun) – meaning condition.
To remember that state is pronounced ehs-tah-doh (estado) in Spanish, use the following mnemonic:
She was in a state of shock after her well-established doughnut (estado) shop burnt down.
Estado is masculine, so it's el estado. Imagine an elephant in a state of panic because it's been left behind by the rest of the herd.