man·​or | \ˈma-nər \

Definition of manor 

1a : the house or hall of an estate : mansion

b : a landed estate

2a : a unit of English rural territorial organization especially : such a unit in the Middle Ages consisting of an estate under a lord enjoying a variety of rights over land and tenants including the right to hold court

b : a tract of land in North America occupied by tenants who pay a fixed rent in money or kind to the proprietor

to the manor born

: born into circumstances of wealth and privilege was to the manor born but as a politician he acquired some proletarian touches— Albert Scardino

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Other Words from manor

manorial \mə-​ˈnȯr-​ē-​əl \ adjective
manorialism \mə-​ˈnȯr-​ə-​ˌli-​zəm \ noun

Examples of manor in a Sentence

the old family manor has 117 rooms

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Given to William and Kate as a wedding present from Queen Elizabeth, Anmer Hall is a 10-bedroom Georgian manor that sits on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where Prince William and Kate Middleton Are Spending the Rest of Their Summer," 9 Aug. 2018 Soon, Sarofim was immersed in the rich history of the enclave, which was created in the 1950s and ’60s when the Doheny family sold the backyard of their Tudor Revival manor, Greystone, to a developer named Paul Trousdale. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Tour an Iconic Beverly Hills Home that Mixes Antique Accents with a Contemporary Cool," 24 Oct. 2018 The maze-like manor and signature spiral staircase in the library remain intact. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Haunting of Hill House," 22 Oct. 2018 This time around, we're centered on a beachside manor that has a new, whacky guest checking in every day. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "8 New TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week," 21 Oct. 2018 Adam CoatsRed SavannahCoats personally inspects every one of his villas, including that 300-acre estate on Menorca with its own private cove and those stately Cotswolds manors where the only neighbors are sheep. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 The intimate inn, which sits on a 160-acre waterfront estate two hours from downtown Vancouver, features a quaint English-style manor that was converted to a bed-and-breakfast in 1995. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Inn Featured in Five Hallmark Channel Movies Is a Real Place You Can Visit," 19 July 2018 Her decaying manor is submerged in a spectrum of green decor and lush vines. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 The hotel has 112 rooms, ranging from the 829-square-foot Premier Room with one king-sized bed, which is now available for $435 a night on third-party sites, to the 4,693-square-foot manor that accommodates up to eight people for $8,242 a night. Hunter Schwarz, CNN, "Inside the hotel that will host the Trump-Kim summit," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of manor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for manor

Middle English maner, from Old French manoir, from manoir to sojourn, dwell, from Latin manēre — more at mansion

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English Language Learners Definition of manor

: a large country house on a large piece of land

: the area or section of a city that a particular group of police officers are responsible for


man·​or | \ˈma-nər \

Kids Definition of manor

: a large estate

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