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  1. a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc., or of a part, division, or phase of it.
  2. a person who manages: the manager of our track team.
  3. a person who controls and manipulates resources and expenditures, as of a household.
  4. British. (formerly) a theatrical producer.

Origin of manager

First recorded in 1580–90; manage + -er1
Related formsman·ag·er·ship, nounsub·man·ag·er, nounsub·man·ag·er·ship, nounun·der·man·ag·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for manager

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Historical Examples of manager

  • The manager was goin' through the office and heard the laugh they give me.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • I think the whole staff was female, with the exception of the steward or manager.

  • I was willing to humour the poor fellow, who must have been as poor a manager as he had been an artiste.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Finally Duquesnel appeared and took me across to the manager's office.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I rushed back again and sent my name in to the manager's office.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for manager


  1. a person who directs or manages an organization, industry, shop, etc
  2. a person who controls the business affairs of an actor, entertainer, etc
  3. a person who controls the training of a sportsman or team
  4. a person who has a talent for managing efficiently
  5. law a person appointed by a court to carry on a business during receivership
  6. (in Britain) a member of either House of Parliament appointed to arrange a matter in which both Houses are concerned
  7. a computer program that organizes a resource, such as a set of files or a database
Derived Formsmanagership, noun
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Word Origin and History for manager

1580s, "one who manages," agent noun from manage. Specific sense of "one who conducts a house of business or public institution" is from 1705.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper