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

before 900; Middle English; Old English manu; cognate with German Mähne, Dutch manen, Old Norse mǫn
Related formsmaned, adjectivemane·less, adjectiveun·maned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mane

Contemporary Examples of mane

Historical Examples of mane

  • 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.’

  • (springing forward angrily) And is it me you mane, young man?

British Dictionary definitions for mane



the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
long thick human hair
Derived Formsmaned, adjectivemaneless, adjective

Word Origin for mane

Old English manu; related to Old High German mana, Old Norse mön, and perhaps to Old English mene and Old High German menni necklace
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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").

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