Definition of manchet in English:



  • A loaf of the finest kind of wheaten bread.

    as modifier ‘a small manchet loaf’
    • ‘Bake these delicious manchet loaves using ale yeast from the brewhouse and stoneground English flour.’
    • ‘Dot and I took some manchets about the manor to sell for charity, although she did all the talking.’
    • ‘If you were a member of the nobility, finely sieved wheat would be used in making white manchet loaves.’
    • ‘Mama had Missy make her famous corn chowder, ginger beef, carrot pudding, fresh manchet bread, and sherry and vanilla cream custards.’
    • ‘One will not learn anything about Twelfth Night by eating a manchet or stroking a velvet doublet, but introducing the play with an ‘Elizabethan experience’ need not always be valueless.’


Late Middle English: perhaps from obsolete maine ‘flour of the finest quality’ + obsolete cheat, denoting a kind of wheaten bread.