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manor

[man-er]
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noun
  1. (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.
  2. any similar territorial unit in medieval Europe, as a feudal estate.
  3. the mansion of a lord with the land belonging to it.
  4. the main house or mansion on an estate, plantation, etc.
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Origin of manor

1250–1300; Middle English maner < Old French manoir, noun use of manoir to remain, dwell < Latin manēre to remain; see mansion
Related formsma·no·ri·al [muh-nawr-ee-uh l, -nohr-] /məˈnɔr i əl, -ˈnoʊr-/, adjectivein·ter·ma·no·ri·al, adjectivesub·man·or, noun
Can be confusedmanna manner manor
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manor

noun
  1. (in medieval Europe) the manor house of a lord and the lands attached to it
  2. (before 1776 in some North American colonies) a tract of land granted with rights of inheritance by royal charter
  3. a manor house
  4. a landed estate
  5. British slang a geographical area of operation, esp of a gang or local police force
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Derived Formsmanorial (məˈnɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French manoir dwelling, from maneir to dwell, from Latin manēre to remain
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Word Origin and History for manorial

adj.

1785, from manor + -al (1).

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manor

n.

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.

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