a hole, usually with a cover, through which a person may enter a sewer, drain, steam boiler, etc., especially one located in a city street.

Nearby words

  1. manhattan district,
  2. manhattan project,
  3. manhattanite,
  4. manhelper,
  5. manhire,
  6. manhood,
  7. manhood suffrage,
  8. manhunt,
  9. mani,
  10. mani-pedi

Origin of manhole

First recorded in 1785–95; man1 + hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manhole



Also called: inspection chamber a shaft with a removable cover that leads down to a sewer or drain
a hole, usually with a detachable cover, through which a man can enter a boiler, tank, etc
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Word Origin and History for manhole



also man-hole, "hole through which a person may pass," 1793, from man (n.) + hole (n.).

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