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[mans] /mæns/
the house and land occupied by a minister or parson.
the dwelling of a landholder; mansion.
Origin of manse
1480-90; earlier manss, mans < Medieval Latin mānsus a farm, dwelling, noun use of past participle of Latin manēre to dwell. See remain Unabridged
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  • I spelled out the word “Manse” and again “Manse” and later on “try all manses near.”

  • Cathcart might, before this, come with the list of manses and their occupants.

  • It was some years before the manses were built, and homelessness added to poverty pressed heavily on the outed ministers.

  • They restored the presbyterian clergy to their churches and manses.

    The Scottish Parliament Robert S. (Robert Sangster) Rait
  • Thus in 674 or thereabouts Wulfhere king of the Mercians gives five manses to his kinsman Berhtferth as a perpetual inheritance.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • Schools, vicarages, and manses were turned into temporary soldiers' homes.

    With our Fighting Men William E. Sellers
  • The vicarages and manses of the country were denuded of their sons.

    With our Fighting Men William E. Sellers
  • He was one of the leaders of the Free Church, and raised over £100,000 for manses for its ministers.

  • As a general rule the charters will account for just about the right number of manses, if the manses are to be the hides.

    Domesday Book and Beyond Frederic William Maitland
  • It builds academies, seminaries and colleges, and aids in the erection of churches and manses.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
British Dictionary definitions for manses


(in certain religious denominations) the house provided for a minister
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin mansus dwelling, from the past participle of Latin manēre to stay
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Word Origin and History for manses



late 15c., "mansion house," from Medieval Latin mansus "dwelling house; amount of land sufficient for a family," noun use of masculine past participle of Latin manere "to remain" (see mansion).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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