plural noun
ma·​nes | \ ˈmä-ˌnās How to pronounce manes (audio) , ˈmā-ˌnēz How to pronounce manes (audio) \

Definition of manes

1 often capitalized : the deified spirits of the ancient Roman dead honored with graveside sacrifices
2 : the venerated or appeased spirit of a dead person

Examples of manes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decade’s rock ’n’ roll musicians and showgoers alike were letting their manes run wild and free. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 26 May 2021 Their manes, which are very thick and extend to cover their necks, provide crucial protection, almost like medieval chain mail. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2020 Haid has a line of smaller abstract pony sculptures with real horse hair manes. Janelle Jessen, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2020 Males also have lighter manes than females, though females have lighter fur on their heads and necks. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, 10 Sep. 2020 Swapped out flowing manes, leather, spandex and snakeskin boots for bangs, mechanic shirts, shorts and Doc Martins. Matt Wake |, al, 25 Aug. 2020 Named for their leonine manes and found only in Brazil, golden lion tamarins had shrunk in number to a mere 200 in the 1970s, because of their capture for the pet trade and the destruction and fragmentation of their Atlantic Forest habitat. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of manes

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Manes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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