manor

noun
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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Other Words from manor

manorial \ mə-​ˈnȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce manorial (audio) \ adjective
manorialism \ mə-​ˈnȯr-​ə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce manorialism (audio) \ noun

Examples of manor in a Sentence

the old family manor has 117 rooms

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Abigail and her husband were kicked out of their home at the palace, but remained monied, and retired to a manor near Windsor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Ending of The Favourite: In Real Life, Lady Marlborough Got the Last Laugh," 5 Jan. 2019 To the manor born, Humboldt was lucky to have private means that matched his oversized public ambitions. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "Book Review: Two on Humboldt’s Gifts," 27 Sep. 2018 These homes come in all sizes, and while smaller versions might have a quaint storybook appearance to them, larger Tudors more often embody the romantic ideal of an English country manor. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason You Don't See Many Tudor-Style Homes These Days," 1 Nov. 2018 Richard and Kirsty Goring, owners of Wiston Estate and vineyards, visit the family manor. Bruce Schoenfeld, WSJ, "English Wine Discovers Its New Sparkle," 5 Dec. 2018 For almost 500 years, the Norse descendants of Erik the Red built churches and manor homes and expanded their settlements on the icy fringes of European civilization. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Walrus bones provide clues to fate of lost Viking colony," 7 Aug. 2018 During these decades, ornate office buildings, regal academic buildings and grand manors sprouted across the city and the region, largely because of the ingenuity of Albert Kahn. John L. Dorman, New York Times, "In Energized Detroit, Savoring an Architectural Legacy," 26 Mar. 2018 The president and first lady will spend Thursday evening at a black-tie gala for a hundred guests at impressive Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, an enormous country manor where Winston Churchill was born. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, "In Britain, Trump will see castles and the queen and steer clear of protesters," 6 July 2018 While Easton has built his share of Georgian manors, including one that famously featured 45 rooms, his own taste is constantly evolving. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "David Easton on Evolving Taste," 1 June 2012

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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

noun

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

manor

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

Kids Definition of manor

: a large estate

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