Definition of manor
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 courtb : a tract of land in North America occupied by tenants who pay a fixed rent in money or kind to the proprietor
manorialplay \mə-ˈnōr-ē-əl, -ˈnȯr-\ adjective
manorialismplay \-ə-ˌli-zəm\ noun
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
Examples of manor in a Sentence
the old family manor has 117 rooms
Recent Examples of manor from the Web
Both the manor, now a popular wedding venue on U.S. Highway 441, and the depot, which sits on East Station Street, are part of Apopka’s redevelopment plans.
The manor, and the hamlet around it, was destroyed.
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Origin and Etymology of manor
Middle English maner, from Old French manoir, from manoir to sojourn, dwell, from Latin manēre — more at mansion
First Known Use: 14th century
MANOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of manor for English Language Learners
: 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
MANOR Defined for Kids
Definition of manor for Students
: a large estate
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