\ ˈman(t)s \

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

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The Lockharts are now moving into a $5.5 million TriBeCa pad that rivals their D.C. manse, reports. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Inside The New York City Apartment The Obamas' Landlords Will Soon Call Home," 9 June 2016 The two are unhappy with their current rental — a six-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot manse — and are actively house-hunting in the Kalorama and Georgetown areas. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump reassures anxious hawks that he’s willing to walk away from North Korea talks," 11 May 2018 Jazz at Jax Jazz at the Ballroom, the nonprofit that puts on concerts in Bing Crosby’s former Hillsborough manse, is working with JAX Vineyards and Airbnb to present monthly jazz shows at Jax Tasting Room on Brannan Street in San Francisco. Jesse Hamlin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Galaxy of avant-garde sounds will play off planetary drawings," 25 Apr. 2018 Take, for instance, the Malibu, Calif., manse of playboy inventor Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Adam Bonislawski, WSJ, "Luxury Lairs Where Superheroes Feel at Home," 20 June 2018 But there's something for everyone at the manse: Athletes will flip for the two golf courses, regulation tennis court, and half basketball court. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "The Most Expensive House In America Has A Botanical Garden On The Property," 26 July 2016 In her spare time, the 71-year-old Oscar winner has managed to beautifully transform and sell a number of California homes — from a 1920s Spanish colonial style residence in Beverly Hills to a Pacific Palisades manse with some spunky signage. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "Diane Keaton's Former Laguna Beach Home Is On The Market For $16 Million," 23 May 2017 Featuring six bedrooms and five bathrooms (along with four half-baths), the manse sits on seven acres, complete with your own pond. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Olympian Scott Hamilton Lists Stunning Tennessee Estate for $3.1 Million," 20 June 2018 The office is a ten-minute drive from the split-level hilltop manse Bloom shares with her husband, Braden Pollock, who serves as the firm’s manager. Bryan Smith, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Lisa Bloom Bounced Back From Defending Harvey Weinstein," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of manse

: the house of a minister

: a large and impressive house

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