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or maunche, maunch

noun Heraldry.
  1. a conventional representation of a sleeve with a flaring end, used as a charge.
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Origin of manche

1200–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin manicae (plural) long sleeves, gloves, handcuffs, derivative of manus hand


  1. a department in NW France. 2476 sq. mi. (6413 sq. km). Capital: Saint-Lô.
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Examples from the Web for manche

Historical Examples

  • The climate of Manche is mild and humid, from its propinquity to the sea.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5


  • Dimanche is a compound word, formed from di (twice), and manche (to eat), because you take two meals on that day (Sunday).

  • Manche juts into the sea, at the English Channel, and whichever way Millet looked he must have seen the sea.

  • Millet lived in the department of Manche, in the village of Gruchy, near Cherbourg.

  • This survey was made by Manche O. Bennett, division engineer.

    Third Biennial Report of the Oregon State Highway Commission

    S. Benson, W. L. Thompson, R. A. Booth, Herbert Nunn

British Dictionary definitions for manche


  1. a department of NW France, in Basse-Normandie region. Capital: St-Lô. Pop: 484 967 (2003 est). Area: 6412 sq km (2501 sq miles)
  2. La Manche the French name for the English Channel
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