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[mans] /mæns/
the house and land occupied by a minister or parson.
the dwelling of a landholder; mansion.
Origin of manse
1480-90; earlier manss, mans < Medieval Latin mānsus a farm, dwelling, noun use of past participle of Latin manēre to dwell. See remain Unabridged
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  • The manse meadows were gained by a rustic foot-bridge spanning the creek which skirted these.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • He frequents an old abbey or a manse; The ostrich eats him if he gets a chance.

    A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells
  • Yesterday, when Flora and I sat at our sewing in the manse parlour, something happened which has set everything in a turmoil.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • “But it maun be,” she said to herself, as she went to the door of the manse.

    Janet McLaren W.H.G. Kingston
  • Go when she would, it was always fête at Gouda manse, and she was received like a little queen.

  • The day arrived when Janet and her charges must quit the manse.

    Janet McLaren W.H.G. Kingston
  • Aren't the women having some sort of welcome hurrah up at the manse?

    Dominie Dean Ellis Parker Butler
  • When I reached the manse, it stood alone in the starry blue night.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for manse


(in certain religious denominations) the house provided for a minister
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin mansus dwelling, from the past participle of Latin manēre to stay
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Word Origin and History for manse

late 15c., "mansion house," from Medieval Latin mansus "dwelling house; amount of land sufficient for a family," noun use of masculine past participle of Latin manere "to remain" (see mansion).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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