\ ˈman(t)s How to pronounce manse (audio) \

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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Rather than an innocuous round of croquet or Old Maid, Grace draws hide-and-seek—and the cheerful mood at the manse suddenly turns deadly serious. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ready or Not Puts a Comic Twist on a Deadly Game of Hide-and-Seek," 22 Aug. 2019 With its glass-box solarium and steep grass roof, the Alving manse looks like something from Architectural Digest. Jesse Green, New York Times, "On Adjacent Stages, Two Haunted Houses, Circa 1882 and 2019," 12 Aug. 2019 The palace released a brief statement after London's Sunday Mail published video from 2010 that appeared to show Andrew, the Duke of York and eighth in line to the British throne, inside Epstein's Manhattan manse waving goodbye to an exiting woman. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Newly revealed accusations against Jeffrey Epstein date back 22 years," 15 Aug. 2019 The jaw-dropping ocean views and sheer cliffs that make Highway 1 famous are just the start of what makes this Carmel manse remarkable. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Peek inside this $16 million cliffside Carmel estate," 9 July 2019 Another gorgeously modern manse in Encino, California, has just hit the market and is ready for its close up. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Stunning Mansion Featured in ‘La La Land’ is Now For Sale," 10 May 2019 The traditional white manse on Kirby Drive has played host to many a rouge, blanc et bleu lawn-slash-house party. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "VIP view: Inside the French consul general's Bastille Day cocktail party in River Oaks," 16 July 2019 Above them all is grandmother Muriel (Ann Reid), who lives in a large tumbledown manse where the family will gather intermittently across the years. Robert Lloyd,, "Review: HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ finds entertaining family drama in the dystopian near-future," 26 June 2019 Photo: Aaron Hoffman In Beverly Hills, Calif., developer Alexander Hakim is selling a $22.995 million manse that bristles with high-tech features—starting with the monolithic metallic front door with an integrated fingerprint module. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Home Is Where They Know Your Name (and Face, Hands and Fingerprints)," 20 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of manse

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

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