- (in England) a landed estate or territorial unit, originally of the nature of a feudal lordship, consisting of a lord's demesne and of lands within which he has the right to exercise certain privileges, exact certain fees, etc.
- any similar territorial unit in medieval Europe, as a feudal estate.
- the mansion of a lord with the land belonging to it.
- the main house or mansion on an estate, plantation, etc.
Origin of manor
Examples from the Web for manorial
They held about five acres, but provided no oxen for the manorial plough-team.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
They are very similar also to the manorial courts in England.A Source Book for Mediaeval History
Oliver J. Thatcher
The business of the court may be divided into criminal, manorial and civil.
The manorial authorities cannot bargain with the tenants one by one.The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century
Richard Henry Tawney
Their chief is their elected chief, not their manorial lord.The English Village Community
- (in medieval Europe) the manor house of a lord and the lands attached to it
- (before 1776 in some North American colonies) a tract of land granted with rights of inheritance by royal charter
- a manor house
- a landed estate
- British slang a geographical area of operation, esp of a gang or local police force
Word Origin and History for manorial
late 13c., "mansion, habitation, country residence, principal house of an estate," from Anglo-French maner, Old French manoir "abode, home, dwelling place; manor" (12c.), noun use of maneir "to dwell," from Latin manere "to stay, abide," from PIE root *men- "to remain" (see mansion). As a unit of territorial division in Britain and some American colonies (usually "land held in demesne by a lord, with tenants") it is attested from 1530s.