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

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 Charlotte’s even more taken aback when Jackie welcomes them into her twinkle-light covered manse and decked halls. Courtney Howard, Variety, 16 Nov. 2023 While keeping a 3% home loan prevents older Millennials from moving up or moving at all, Boomers frequently own their manses free-and-clear or nearly so, making the oldsters much willing to sell the old place and deploy the proceeds to buy another. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 21 Oct. 2023 In Old North Boulder, a $6.3 million hillside manse is currently in the building phase but is slated for completion in spring 2024. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 20 Oct. 2023 As Legend began crooning from a black piano, a denizen of the Windsor Square manse next door to the mayor’s house opened an upstairs window to better hear the backyard performance. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2023 Decorating a small space for the holidays is undoubtedly challenging, especially when a quick dive into the Pinterest black hole bestows images of mammoth 12-foot-high Christmas trees adorned with grapefruit-sized ornaments, or festooned staircases of multi-story manses. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 18 Aug. 2023 Walking home, Mickey hears music coming from a big Victorian house, dripping with vines — one of those not-like-the-other manses many of us will remember passing with head down and a faster step — inhabited by a local enigma known as Bat Lady (Tovah Feldshuh). Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 18 Aug. 2023 In addition, Thomas had access to Sokol’s $20 million Fort Lauderdale manse, which includes a home theater, a walk-in wine cellar, and a dock for yachts. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2023 This Los Angeles manse has an entire concert hall inside of it. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 26 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of manse was in the 15th century

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“Manse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manse. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the residence of a member of the clergy : parsonage
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