1 [man-er]
a way of doing, being done, or happening; mode of action, occurrence, etc.: I don't like the manner in which he complained.
the prevailing customs, ways of living, and habits of a people, class, period, etc.; mores: The novels of Jane Austen are concerned with the manners of her time.
ways of behaving with reference to polite standards; social comportment: That child has good manners.
a person's outward bearing; way of speaking to and treating others: She has a charming manner.
characteristic or customary way of doing, making, saying, etc.: houses built in the 19th-century manner.
air of distinction: That old gentleman had quite a manner.
(used with a singular or plural verb) kind; sort: What manner of man is he? All manner of things were happening.
characteristic style in art, literature, or the like: verses in the manner of Spenser.
nature; character.
guise; fashion.
by all manner of means, by all means; certainly.
by no manner of means, under no circumstances; by no means; certainly not: She was by no manner of means a frivolous person.
in a manner, so to speak; after a fashion; somewhat.
in a manner of speaking, in a way; as it were; so to speak: We were, in a manner of speaking, babes in the woods.
to the manner born,
accustomed by birth to a high position: He was a gentleman to the manner born.
used to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.

1125–75; Middle English manere < Anglo-French; Old French maniereVulgar Latin *manuāria, noun use of feminine of manuārius handy, convenient (Latin: of, pertaining to the hand). See manus, -er2

manna, manner, manor.

1. method. 3. demeanor, deportment. Manner, air, bearing all refer to one's outward aspect or behavior. Manner applies to a distinctive mode of behavior, or social attitude toward others, etc.: a gracious manner. Air applies to outward appearance insofar as this is distinctive or indicative: an air of martyrdom. Airs imply affectation: to put on airs. Bearing applies especially to carriage: a noble bearing. 4. mode, fashion, style; habit, custom. Unabridged


2 [man-er]
noun Old English Law. Unabridged
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manner (ˈmænə)
1.  a way of doing or being
2.  a person's bearing and behaviour: she had a cool manner
3.  the style or customary way of doing or accomplishing something: sculpture in the Greek manner
4.  type or kind: what manner of man is this?
5.  mannered style, as in art; mannerism
6.  by all manner of means certainly; of course
7.  by no manner of means definitely not: he was by no manner of means a cruel man
8.  in a manner of speaking in a way; so to speak
9.  to the manner born naturally fitted to a specified role or activity
[C12: via Norman French from Old French maniere, from Vulgar Latin manuāria (unattested) a way of handling something, noun use of Latin manuārius belonging to the hand, from manus hand]

manners (ˈmænəz)
pl n
1.  social conduct: he has the manners of a pig
2.  a socially acceptable way of behaving

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Word Origin & History

late 12c., from Anglo-Fr. manere, from O.Fr. maniere (Fr. manière), from V.L. *manaria, from fem. of L. manuarius "belonging to the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual). Most figurative meanings derive from the original sense of "method of handling;" which was extended
when the word was used to translate L. modus "method." To the manner born ("Hamlet" I iv.15) is generally used incorrectly, and means "destined by birth to be subject to the custom."

"external behavior in social intercourse," late 14c., pl. of manner.
"Under bad manners, as under graver faults, lies very commonly an overestimate of our special individuality, as distinguished from our generic humanity." [Oliver W. Holmes, "The Professor at the Breakfast Table," 1858]
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Example sentences
Remember that every social interaction is an opportunity for you to showcase
  your charm and good manners.
And know that having good manners and not being a social moron is important.
The subject of manners once seemed worthy of serious attention.
Rather, it comes from an incomplete acculturation to academic mores and manners.
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