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[man-er] /ˈmæn ər/
(in England) a landed estate or territorial unit, originally of the nature of a feudal lordship, consisting of a lord's demesne and of lands within which he has the right to exercise certain privileges, exact certain fees, etc.
any similar territorial unit in medieval Europe, as a feudal estate.
the mansion of a lord with the land belonging to it.
the main house or mansion on an estate, plantation, etc.
Origin of manor
1250-1300; Middle English maner < Old French manoir, noun use of manoir to remain, dwell < Latin manēre to remain; see mansion
Related forms
[muh-nawr-ee-uh l, -nohr-] /məˈnɔr i əl, -ˈnoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
intermanorial, adjective
submanor, noun
Can be confused
manna, manner, manor. Unabridged
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  • Hardly would the thing have made a wing of the manor house at Chaynes-Wotten.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • There was news of Ninian for them when they reached the manor.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Under these conditions, the very basis of the manor was destroyed.

    The Enclosures in England Harriett Bradley
  • Naturally I was interested in the manor estate and its owner.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • On this occasion we met, for the first time, the lady of the manor herself.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for manor


(in medieval Europe) the manor house of a lord and the lands attached to it
(before 1776 in some North American colonies) a tract of land granted with rights of inheritance by royal charter
a manor house
a landed estate
(Brit, slang) a geographical area of operation, esp of a gang or local police force
Derived Forms
manorial (məˈnɔːrɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French manoir dwelling, from maneir to dwell, from Latin manēre to remain
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Word Origin and History for manor

late 13c., "mansion, habitation, country residence, principal house of an estate," from Anglo-French maner, Old French manoir "abode, home, dwelling place; manor" (12c.), noun use of maneir "to dwell," from Latin manere "to stay, abide," from PIE root *men- "to remain" (see mansion). As a unit of territorial division in Britain and some American colonies (usually "land held in demesne by a lord, with tenants") it is attested from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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