Definition of manse in English:



  • 1A house provided for a minister of certain Christian Churches, especially the Scottish Presbyterian Church.

    • ‘I grew up in a manse - a house owned by the church, and when your dad's a minister, and advertised in the phone book as a minister, you're likely to get at least some crank calls.’
    • ‘I was brought up in a manse as a Presbyterian and I find Presbyterianism a comfortable jacket.’
    • ‘But the fact is some manses can be a real millstone, because you have got to pay for heating and lighting out of your own stipend.’
    • ‘When it came time to add a garage to the tiny manse, Art, who at that time was not a church member, although later he and Nathalie joined, offered to build it and to teach me how - and we did it together.’
    • ‘For those seeking not only a rural home but one on an island, Assapol House, a former manse near Bunessan on the Isle of Mull, is for sale.’
    • ‘While churches are closing, falling into disrepair, becoming nightclubs or being divided into flats as their original use fades, manses remain largely as they where when the minister lived there.’
    • ‘Over in the old manse in Tulsa, the reverend put on his Prince Albert frock coat and picked up his Bible.’
    • ‘LMI properties are used for ministry purposes in a similar way that many churches or ministries would provide a manse for their ministers.’
    • ‘In previous years the house has served as a manse for the United Presbyterian Church.’
    • ‘Kirkland house, on the edge of the village of Fala in Midlothian, about 15 miles from Edinburgh, was built in the late 1700s as a manse.’
    • ‘In Upper Rawdon, the United Church manse is being used as a medical centre served by one doctor, and there is hope of getting another on a half-time basis.’
    • ‘For two years, they lived in the manse and provided regular ministry and leadership of young people's groups before going to Spain.’
    • ‘Guthrie received him courteously in the manse, but made it clear that he did not submit to the sentence out of respect to the authority of the bishop who had imposed it.’
    • ‘Now a museum, this house was built in 1859 as Presbyterian manse.’
    • ‘At the disruption they were obliged to move from the manse to a derelict cottage, to enable them to stay in the parish.’
    • ‘The case - possibly the ultimate in town versus gown - revolves around a former manse on a quiet street in St Andrews, where students already occupy more than half the town centre accommodation.’
    • ‘Growing up in a manse, in a ministerial household, provided me with experiences which I could recognise later in my life for their folkloric significance.’
    • ‘Now the search is on for a property that will serve both as a meeting place and manse for a future pastor.’
    • ‘In a discussion about worship recently in a manse in the Outer Hebrides, all present were asked to say what they wanted.’
    • ‘When the service ended the men sat on in the church and I went back to the manse.’
    minister's house
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    1. 1.1US informal A person's house or home.
      ‘she has just returned to her mother and the family manse after being expelled from convent school’
      • ‘Draven's riding is a good lab to test the multi-partisan appeal of Green politics, encompassing as it does the gilded manses of its northern portion along with less pecunious Regent Park, and a whole lot of quasi-Bohemia in between.’
      • ‘He built sprawling Victorian manses in Louisiana, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, and his final days were spent among the nouveau riche splendors of Palm Beach, Florida.’
      • ‘Chekhovian memories also abound, adding cobwebs to the old manse in Ballybeg in and outside of which most of the action seethes.’
      • ‘Sure Gaius allowed her the run of the manse and the property that surround it, but the nearby town was forbidden.’
      • ‘Visitors to his Pebble Beach manse find that not only are bathrooms and fridges stocked to the max but so is the supply of athletic equipment.’
      • ‘A large manse stood proud in front of him, rising from the streets like a majestic oak from the forest floor, proclaiming to all its dominance over smaller beings.’
      • ‘Having rectified that, it's now firmly on my list of places I wouldn't mind living if a hitherto unsuspected wealthy great-aunt died and left me her musty manse.’
      • ‘In an attempt to make a series like The Real World out of the Osbournes, the family opened the doors of their swish Beverly Hills manse to an MTV camera crew over a four-month period last year.’
      • ‘In towns such as Haddington, Dunbar, North Berwick and Longniddry, you'll find the full range of properties available - everything from one-bed flats above retail premises to grand country houses and manses.’
      • ‘There is much to be said for aging roofs, the quaint old things - atop rickety, silvering cabins; covering mossy manses - so much to be said in fact that I'll shut up about it right now, except to say that I have an old roof.’
      • ‘It's life trapped in a country manse with a matriarch who's perpetually in manic mode.’
      • ‘Of the larger properties to come to market in recent weeks are Kells House and gardens in Co Kerry, a Victorian fairytale manse on 46 acres at Cahersiveen.’
      • ‘And I had a wonderful conversation and a great visit with her at Friar Park, which is a magnificent Victorian manse that has incredible gardens.’
      • ‘By the time I was born, my father's legacy consisted of the manse, which was deeded to the ground, and his blood.’
      • ‘The merchant prince, rich off trade during the wars, had spared no expense when building his grand manse.’
      • ‘Wine cellars aren't just for the rich anymore - and you don't need a naturally cool, humid stone room under the manse, either.’
      • ‘The magical, ivied old manse on mature parkland would have made a perfect setting - tranquil, atmospheric and dignified.’
      • ‘He is innocent by his ignorance, a simple dullard who can return to his yacht or gated manse comforted by the knowledge that he is not a crook.’
      • ‘There are more than a few internists living in Oak Brook, a tony area with multi-million dollar manses, who seem to be making a great living off Medicare.’
      • ‘The family were given ten days to leave their manse and within a short time they had moved to a flat.’


  • son (or daughter) of the manse

    • The child of a minister, especially of the Scottish Presbyterian Church.

      • ‘A son of the manse, he was born in Helensburgh in 1888.’
      • ‘Profligacy, whatever her short-term charms, is not the proper sort of partner for a dour Scottish son of the manse.’
      • ‘As a son of the manse, he was for years treasurer of his church.’
      • ‘He is a son of the manse, he would have liked him to be a minister rather than a politician.’
      • ‘Like many sons of the manse, he seems to possess a covenant to govern others.’
      • ‘The second-in-command, a tough Scot and son of the manse, also fought to the end.’
      • ‘Baird, a son of the manse born in 1888, studied electrical engineering at the Royal Technical College in Glasgow and at Glasgow University.’
      • ‘One part of Scotland rather approves of a son of the manse turned prudent again after a spell as a wayward radical.’
      • ‘It was evidently an attack on the famous son of the manse.’


Late 15th century (denoting the principal house of an estate): from medieval Latin mansus ‘house, dwelling’, from manere ‘remain’.