man·​or | \ ˈma-nər How to pronounce manor (audio) \

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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manorial \ mə-​ˈnȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce manor (audio) \ adjective

Examples of manor in a Sentence

the old family manor has 117 rooms
Recent Examples on the Web The manor features a boat mooring, a main house, a farmhouse, a fieldstone cottage, an expanse of woods, a greenhouse and a three-car garage. Lauren Beale, Forbes, "$6-Million Estate In France Was Once A Pilgrimage Stopover," 28 Apr. 2021 Genuine but increasingly insecure Pete is cautiously excited about reuniting with his college crew for a birthday weekend of memories, partying and earnest reconnection at a picturesque English manor. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Ilana Glazer and Zoe Lister-Jones Lead the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup," 20 Apr. 2021 Genuine but increasingly insecure Pete is cautiously excited about reuniting with his college crew for a birthday weekend of memories, partying and earnest reconnection at a picturesque English manor. Joey Nolfi,, "Anthony Bourdain documentary to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival," 20 Apr. 2021 The family moves into the manor where the last holy man disappeared, and dark secrets abound in this unholy place that begin to take hold of their daughter. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch's 'The Courier,' horror film 'Honeydew'," 16 Apr. 2021 Fairfax County’s Planning and Development Department has compiled documentation, however, that states the manor was built during Washington’s ownership and substantially modified over the years. Washington Post, "George Washington’s historic River Farm is worth saving for reasons beyond the president, historians say," 12 Apr. 2021 Newtowne Neck State Park, which is home to an 18th-century brick manor once occupied by Jesuit missionaries. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Maryland Archaeologists Unearth Jesuit Plantation’s 18th-Century Slave Quarters," 28 Oct. 2020 The three-story building is a Southern manor first built as the home for a plantation owner back in 1854. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Liberal activists looking to pressure Augusta members over Georgia voting law hit wall of secrecy," 8 Apr. 2021 Virtually unchanged over 400 years, the manor has a far more human scale than the projects he is known for. New York Times, "In Dorset, Jasper Conran’s Garden Runs Wild," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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“Manor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manor

: a large country house on a large piece of land
British, informal : the area or section of a city that a particular group of police officers are responsible for


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Kids Definition of manor

: a large estate

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