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Definition of manse

1 archaic : the dwelling of a householder
2 : the residence of a minister especially : the house of a Presbyterian minister
3 : a large imposing residence

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Examples of manse in a Sentence

the ivy-covered manse is one of the town's oldest and most prominent landmarks
Recent Examples on the Web First the Evergreens, the stately home of the poet’s brother and sister-in-law, then the Homestead, the Dickinson-family manse. Martha Ackmann, The Atlantic, "The Encounter That Revealed a Different Side of Emily Dickinson," 23 June 2020 With her future wrecked, Opal decided to throw caution to the wind and leave her Manhattan apartment to actively endanger her sexagenarian parents at their tax-haven manse in North Carolina. Jamie Loftus, The New Yorker, "The American Girl Pandemic Collection," 23 Apr. 2020 Asheville, North Carolina Asheville's biggest claim to fame is undoubtedly the Biltmore Estate, a legendary manse that happens to be the largest home in the United States. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 2 Apr. 2020 Once a shipbuilder’s manse, the original house was built in 1753 by Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s great-uncle. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 The purchase of the new manse comes amid tremendous upheaval at USC and other universities across the nation. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "USC president gets new Santa Monica home and trims her salary amid pandemic," 4 Apr. 2020 So much so that not too many photos made it out of the manse. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Kaia Gerber and Lucy Boynton Attended Loewe’s Over-the-Top Holiday Party," 12 Dec. 2019 Jessica and her mother and children weep with joy at the two-story, 3,200-square-foot, Spanish-style, five-bedroom (and 4½-bathroom) mini-manse that replaces their old house, while the viewer basks in all that communal goodwill. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "All those reality shows you loved about people’s weight, marriage and kids? They’re back — and nicer.," 27 Feb. 2020 Joy to the world: Internationalists beelined to the grand Getty manse where Protocol Chief Charlotte Shultz and Mayor London Breed hosted the Protocol Holiday Party honoring the San Francisco Consular Corps and volunteer Host Committee. Catherine Bigelow,, "Ronnie and Karen Lott, Joe Montana and other All Stars dazzle at tree lighting to help kids," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of manse

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manse

Middle English manss, from Medieval Latin mansa, mansus, mansum, from Latin mansus lodging, from manēre

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1 Jul 2020

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“Manse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of manse

: the house of a minister
: a large and impressive house

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