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manner

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[ man-er ]
/ ˈmæn ər /
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Definition of manner

noun
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Origin of manner

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1125–75; Middle English manere, from Anglo-French; Old French maniere ≪ unattested Vulgar Latin manuāria, noun use of feminine of manuārius “handy, convenient” (Latin: “of, pertaining to the hand”). See manus, -er2

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3. Manner, air, bearing all refer to one's outward aspect or behavior. Manner applies to a distinctive mode of behavior, or social attitude toward others, etc.: a gracious manner. Air applies to outward appearance insofar as this is distinctive or indicative: an air of martyrdom. Airs imply affectation: to put on airs. Bearing applies especially to carriage: a noble bearing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH manner

manna, manner , manor

Other definitions for manner (2 of 2)

manner2
[ man-er ]
/ ˈmæn ər /

noun Old English Law.
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MANNER VS. MANOR

What’s the difference between manner and manor?

The word manner means a way of doing something, as in Please exit the building in an orderly manner. The plural form manners refers to polite ways of behaving. A manor is a mansion or the main house of an estate.

Both words are always used as nouns, and they are pronounced exactly the same.

Manner has a few different meanings, but they mostly all relate to how things are done or how someone behaves.

The word manor once commonly referred to an estate (the tract of land itself), but it eventually came to refer to the large house on the estate. Still, a house that you’d call a manor is usually a big mansion surrounded by a lot of land.

For example, the mansion where Bruce Wayne lives is called Wayne Manor. A good way to remember the spelling is to ask the question: Who lives in Wayne Manor—is it Batman or Bruce Wayne?

As for how to remember the spelling of manner, just remember that it would be not nice to spell it without two n’s (just downright impolite, really).

Here’s an example of manor and manner used correctly in a sentence.

Example: The grounds of the manor were decorated in a stately manner, with beautiful gardens and hedges.

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between manner and manor.

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British Dictionary definitions for manner

manner
/ (ˈmænə) /

noun
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Word Origin for manner

C12: via Norman French from Old French maniere, from Vulgar Latin manuāria (unattested) a way of handling something, noun use of Latin manuārius belonging to the hand, from manus hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with manner

manner

see all kinds (manner of); by all (manner of) means; company manners; in a manner of speaking; to the manner born.

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