Manor vs. Manner A manor is a mansion or stately home. A manner is a characteristic way of doing something. These words are homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings), so it’s easy to mix them up. Manor In the context of a feudal system, manor referred to an estate or territorial unit consisting of a lord’s home and lands. In other words, the area where he had the right to exercise certain privileges and exact certain fees. Today the word applies more broadly to mean a mansion or large house on an estate. Manner The word manner means a way of doing things or a mode of action. For example, “in a manner of speaking” means in a way or so to speak. The term “bedside manner” refers to the way doctors or nurses interact with their patients. Don't Get Mixed Up Again! Get Dictionary.com tips to keep words straight ... right in your inbox. Email address* Valid email addressEmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.