|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]|
A person who is “to the manner born” is one who has acquired genteel tastes and habits by virtue of having been born into a privileged class: “Rachel is charming at dinner parties — as if she were to the manner born.” This expression is sometimes mistakenly rendered as “to the manor born.” The phrase is from Hamlet, by William Shakespeare.
to the manner born
Accustomed from birth to a particular behavior or lifestyle, as in At a high-society function she behaves as though to the manner born, but we know she came from very humble circumstances. This term was invented by Shakespeare in Hamlet. Referring to the King's carousing in Danish style, Hamlet says (1:4): "Though I am native here And to the manner born, it is a custom More honor'd in the breach than the observance." The manner in this expression was later sometimes changed to manor, "the main house of an estate," and the idiom's sense became equated with "high-born" (and therefore accustomed to luxury), a way in which it is often used today.