[mey-neez; Latin mah-nes]
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  1. (used with a plural verb) Roman Religion. the souls of the dead; shades.
  2. (used with a singular verb) the spirit or shade of a particular dead person.

Origin of manes

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin mānēs (plural); akin to Latin mānis, mānus good


  1. a.d. 216?–276?, Persian prophet: founder of Manicheanism.
Also called Manicheus, Mani.


  1. the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck and neighboring parts of some animals, as the horse or lion.
  2. 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. 2018

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pl n (sometimes capital) (in Roman legend)
  1. the spirits of the dead, often revered as minor deities
  2. (functioning as singular) the shade of a dead person

Word Origin for manes

C14: from Latin, probably: the good ones, from Old Latin mānus good


  1. See Mani


  1. the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
  2. 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 manes



"Gods of the Lower World," in Roman religion, from Latin manes "departed spirit, ghost, shade of the dead, deified spirits of the underworld," usually said to be from Latin manus "good," thus properly "the good gods," a euphemistic word, but Tucker suggests a possible connection instead to macer, thus "the thin or unsubstantial ones."



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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