One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A loaf of the finest kind of wheat bread.
- ‘Dot and I took some manchets about the manor to sell for charity, although she did all the talking.’
- ‘Bake these delicious manchet loaves using ale yeast from the brewhouse and stoneground English flour.’
- ‘If you were a member of the nobility, finely sieved wheat would be used in making white manchet loaves.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mama had Missy make her famous corn chowder, ginger beef, carrot pudding, fresh manchet bread, and sherry and vanilla cream custards.’
Late Middle English: perhaps from obsolete maine ‘flour of the finest quality’ + obsolete cheat, denoting a kind of wheaten bread.
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