[ mey-neez; Latin mah-nes ]
/ ˈmeɪ niz; Latin ˈmɑ nɛs /


(used with a plural verb) Roman Religion. the souls of the dead; shades.
(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

Definition for manes (2 of 3)

[ mey-neez ]
/ ˈmeɪ niz /


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

Definition for manes (3 of 3)

[ meyn ]
/ meɪn /


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


maned, adjectivemane·less, adjectiveun·maned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for manes (1 of 3)

/ (ˈmɑːneɪz, Latin ˈmɑːnɛs) /

pl n (sometimes capital) (in Roman legend)

the spirits of the dead, often revered as minor deities
(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

British Dictionary definitions for manes (2 of 3)

/ (ˈmeɪniːz) /


See Mani

British Dictionary definitions for manes (3 of 3)

/ (meɪn) /


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 forms of mane

maned, 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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