- the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck and neighboring parts of some animals, as the horse or lion.
- Informal. (on a human being) a head of distinctively long and thick or rough hair.
Origin of mane
Examples from the Web for mane
First lady Jackie Kennedy would often add a perfectly coiffed swirl of human hair to her own mane for updos and special occasions.Chris Rock to Blame for Obsession With Black Hair and Beyoncé
August 12, 2013
Her dark eyes flashed when she was upset, and she paused occasionally to smooth her mane of shoulder-length black hair.Jill Kelley Says Paula Broadwell Tried to ‘Blackmail’ Her
January 22, 2013
A few years later, Goudeau met Carr, a slender woman with a mane of long reddish-brown hair, at a Phoenix nightclub.Arizona’s Serial-Killer Saga
Terry Greene Sterling
October 20, 2011
Well had he deserved his native name of Bwana Nyele--the master with the mane.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Tito's mane bristled with mixed feelings at the sight of one of her own kind.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
Good Indian twisted a wisp of mane in his fingers, and frowned abstractedly.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He coloured, and played with the mane again, but answered—‘No, I think not.’The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
(springing forward angrily) And is it me you mane, young man?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
- long thick human hair
Word Origin and History for mane
Old English manu "mane," from Proto-Germanic *mano (cf. Old Norse mön, Old Frisian mana, Middle Dutch mane, Dutch manen, Old High German mana, German Mähne "mane"), from PIE *mon- "neck, nape of the neck" (cf. Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Old English mene "necklace," Latin monile "necklace," Welsh mwng "mane," Old Church Slavonic monisto, Old Irish muin "neck").