\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Before dinner, stretch your legs at Rowan Oak, the Greek Revival manse that was author William Faulkner’s home. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "A Deliciously Diverting Road Trip Through the Deep South," 23 Apr. 2021 The building is everything the Frick manse is not: squat and boxy, imposing and unadorned., "Concrete brings clarity to New York City’s opulent Frick Collection," 1 Apr. 2021 At its center is a 45,000-square-foot manse that boasts some 12 bedrooms and is, quite literally, fit for royalty. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Eddie Murphy’s Zamunda Palace in ‘Coming 2 America’ Actually Belongs to Rapper Rick Ross," 9 Mar. 2021 The pair enjoyed an afternoon cruising around L.A. in an open air tour bus, taking time to chat in between stops at the iconic manse from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and a military-style obstacle course. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Christmas Gift for Archie Was... a Waffle Iron," 26 Feb. 2021 Marc and Alicia Belton live in one of the grand homes on Lake of the Isles, a Mediterranean manse once owned by Paul Magers and, briefly, by publishing heir Par Ridder. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, "For Twin Cities power couple and their family, home is an extension of faithful service," 26 Feb. 2021 In The Nest, a family moves into an English manse in the countryside filled with opulent rooms, creaky staircases, and secret passages. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Nest Is a Haunted-House Movie Without Ghosts," 27 Nov. 2020 In June 1973, with Heaton and other accomplices, Dugdale stole art and silver from the ancestral manse of her childhood in East Devon. Washington Post, "The Woman Who Stole Vermeer," 20 Nov. 2020 The sprawling 6,700-square-foot manse in the historic Santa Anita Oaks neighborhood of Arcadia is steeped in elegant architectural details and old-world glamour and includes a pool house, finished garage and artist retreat on lush grounds. Bonnie Mccarthy, Los Angeles Times, "The beloved Pasadena Showcase house is still happening — online," 7 Nov. 2020

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

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3 May 2021

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“Manse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manse

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

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