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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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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).

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