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  1. the house and land occupied by a minister or parson.
  2. the dwelling of a landholder; mansion.
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Origin of manse

1480–90; earlier manss, mans < Medieval Latin mānsus a farm, dwelling, noun use of past participle of Latin manēre to dwell. See remain
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Examples from the Web for manses

Historical Examples

  • Cathcart might, before this, come with the list of manses and their occupants.

    The Mystery of the Sea

    Bram Stoker

  • They restored the presbyterian clergy to their churches and manses.

    The Scottish Parliament

    Robert S. (Robert Sangster) Rait

  • Who laid out our English fields and tied the strips into manses?

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland

  • Schools, vicarages, and manses were turned into temporary soldiers' homes.

    With our Fighting Men

    William E. Sellers

  • The vicarages and manses of the country were denuded of their sons.

    With our Fighting Men

    William E. Sellers

British Dictionary definitions for manses


  1. (in certain religious denominations) the house provided for a minister
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Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin mansus dwelling, from the past participle of Latin manēre to stay
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Word Origin and History for manses



late 15c., "mansion house," from Medieval Latin mansus "dwelling house; amount of land sufficient for a family," noun use of masculine past participle of Latin manere "to remain" (see mansion).

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