Definition of mane in English:



  • 1A growth of long hair on the neck of a horse, lion, or other mammal.

    ‘the horse was rushing about in the field, tossing its mane’
    • ‘Two young stable boys with pointed ears and long manes of black hair grabbed the reins of their horses and steadied the animals as the riders dismounted.’
    • ‘Thus, she kept her gaze up as she stroked the silky mane of her new horse.’
    • ‘The horses hurtled past, manes streaming behind them.’
    • ‘Lena's eyes narrowed against the harsh glare of the sun gleaming off the backs and manes of several horses in the surrounding pastures.’
    • ‘It came towards the house at an incredible speed, its raven mane tossing wildly in the wind.’
    • ‘The former also has long hair on the back of its neck, in the same place as the mane of a horse but shorter.’
    • ‘Three year-old male lions grow manes that vary in color from black to blond.’
    • ‘I work my way up his legs and then onto his mane and forelock and lastly his back.’
    • ‘There was light snow falling, and it caught in the horses' manes and actors' hair.’
    • ‘The lions ranged from 1.7 to 18 years old, but age did not turn out to be a factor in mane length or density.’
    • ‘After combing her mane and tail hair, checking her hoofs, and braiding her tail, I began to saddle Candy up.’
    • ‘He swished his narrow head so that his black mane fell behind him, obviously excited.’
    • ‘A lion with a majestic mane has long been a trophy coveted by big game hunters in Africa.’
    • ‘So the three of us climbed aboard with the child in front taking the reins and clutching the mane of the horse for balance.’
    • ‘She lifted herself onto the back of the mare and buried her fingers into the mane of the horse.’
    • ‘The lion shook his mane, rushed towards the creature and wounded it.’
    • ‘I walk her every day, give her the best hay and barley to eat, and brush her mane and coat every day.’
    • ‘The Master smiled, and simply watched as Heather combed her fingers through the horses' manes.’
    • ‘I patted the horse's dark mane, and shifted my hips slightly so that I was more comfortable.’
    • ‘Male lions develop thick woolly manes on the neck and shoulders, signifying maturity.’
    • ‘Most species have a mane on the neck and a lock of hair on the forepart of the head known as a forelock.’
    head of hair, shock of hair, mop of hair, mane
    fur, wool
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    1. 1.1A person's long flowing hair.
      ‘he had a mane of white hair’
      • ‘It was particularly agonising for Michael, who had spent months growing his flowing mane.’
      • ‘It seems an unfair epitaph to bear, but his elbow is now fixed almost as firmly in the nation's mind as his mane of blond hair.’
      • ‘Deep down, I think most women have at some point yearned for a mane of long, blonde hair.’
      • ‘An unpretentious man, he even kept his hair slicked down because, as he said in 1977, he could not stand musicians who affected dramatic manes of hair.’
      • ‘Slick eye make-up and a loose mane of hair complete the predatory look.’
      • ‘One of her most distinctive features has to be that long mane of hair which reaches down to her ankles.’
      • ‘A long mane of white hair fell down his back, and curled around the silver amulet hanging from his neck.’
      • ‘A braided band of leather lies across her forehead to hold back her white, thick mane.’
      • ‘He had a thick mane of dark hair, usually slicked back but at times becomingly tousled.’
      • ‘She sat at the desk next to Jacob, and pushed her mane of hair off to the side.’
      • ‘Sweeping back his mane of greying hair, the former Boomtown Rats singer shook his head.’
      • ‘With his flowing blond mane, he was a naturally flamboyant figure and he backed it up with his deeds on the pitch.’
      • ‘One girl in a blue sari was now shaking her long mane of hair backwards and forwards as she was seized by a series of impossible convulsions.’
      • ‘Tall and beautiful with a mane of golden hair, she was a publicity agent's dream.’
      • ‘Ivano, his mane of hair tucked under a grey woolly hat, prefers to work with the attackers.’
      • ‘He turned a saw a petite woman with a thick mane of wavy black hair that traveled just past her shoulders.’
      • ‘She was a lovely, motherly old lady with a mane of white hair wound into a compact bun.’
      • ‘All he sees is the rich mane of chestnut hair cascading around her perfect face.’
      • ‘The man was a giant, with a large flowing mane of jet black hair and a beard to match.’
      • ‘That lustrous mane of jet-black hair is steel-grey now, and swept back from his brow.’


Old English manu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch manen.