manor

noun

man·​or ˈma-nər How to pronounce manor (audio)
1
a
: the house or hall of an estate : mansion
b
: a landed estate
2
a
: a unit of English rural territorial organization
especially : such a unit in the Middle Ages consisting of an estate under a lord enjoying a variety of rights over land and tenants including the right to hold court
b
: a tract of land in North America occupied by tenants who pay a fixed rent in money or kind to the proprietor
manorial adjective
Phrases
to the manor born
: born into circumstances of wealth and privilege
was to the manor born but as a politician he acquired some proletarian touchesAlbert Scardino

Example Sentences

the old family manor has 117 rooms
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English maner, from Old French manoir, from manoir to sojourn, dwell, from Latin manēre — more at mansion

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of manor was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Manor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manor. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

manor

noun
man·​or ˈman-ər How to pronounce manor (audio)
: a usually large estate
especially : one granted to a feudal lord
manorial adjective

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