Definition of manor in US English:


(also manor house)


  • 1A large country house with lands; the principal house of a landed estate.

    • ‘When the original hall was built, it was itself a departure from the medieval style of mansion and was the first manor house in the county made of brick and stone.’
    • ‘In 1502 the manor house was sold to Sir Henry Clifford, of Skipton Castle.’
    • ‘Money for the estate and a derelict manor house will come from the Millennium Fund, the EU and direct government funds.’
    • ‘The manor house was sold to the Rutsons, a family of Liverpool merchants, in 1839, but they mainly lived elsewhere.’
    • ‘The peeling frescoes that ornament the living room of a manor house are all that remain to suggest its colonial grandeur.’
    • ‘Visible earthworks include roads, a fishpond, the foundation of a manor house, and 30 peasant houses set out in regular rows.’
    • ‘In the 14th Century a manor house was built on the site and it became a mansion in the 1800s.’
    • ‘My room had been the parlor of an ancient manor house before the Occupation.’
    • ‘In the past, the country manor house welcomed gentry for deer hunting.’
    • ‘Agecroft Hall, a Tudor manor house, was shipped to the United States piece by piece and now draws 20,000 visitors each year.’
    • ‘Just a few miles away from Woolacombe stands Arlington Court, a Georgian manor house set in acres of rolling Devonshire parkland.’
    • ‘This appeared to carry water ducted from the hills north of the site, where North Farm now stands, to either the village or the manor house.’
    • ‘A manor house was a very visible show of a person's wealth.’
    • ‘Medieval descriptions of manor houses are rare and usually brief, but there is a wealth of later material.’
    • ‘Before the first shaft was sunk in 1900, the only buildings on this sweep of coast were an ancient manor house and its barns.’
    • ‘The Jacobean manor house is crumbling rapidly having lost its roof and now even its walls are in danger of falling.’
    • ‘It is in a walled garden next to Sion Hill Hall, an elegant manor house built in 1912 by the York architect Walter H Brierley.’
    • ‘A manor house dating from before 1150 is Britain's oldest continually occupied house, it was claimed today.’
    • ‘For the interior alterations and additions to the manor house, Robinson turned to several architects, firstly George Devey.’
    • ‘The manor house and a group of older cottages are still there, part of a collection of beautiful things that makes La Sagesse special.’
    mansion, stately home, hall, big house, manor house, country house, castle, palace
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    1. 1.1historical (especially in England and Wales) a unit of land, originally a feudal lordship, consisting of a lord's demesne and lands rented to tenants.
      • ‘In 1449, she was expelled from the manor by Lord Moleyns's men, but not without a prodigious struggle.’
      • ‘Bound to the land, they could not leave the manor without the lord's consent.’
      • ‘Serfs worked the land and produced the goods that the lord and his manor needed.’
      • ‘In English Ireland they were associated with the reorganization of the land into manors with demesne land and dependent tenants, based to some extent on English models.’
      • ‘The operation of these plantations resembled the feudal manors of medieval Europe.’
      realm, kingdom, empire, dominion, province, estate, territory, land, lands, dominions
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    2. 1.2historical (in North America) an estate or district leased to tenants, especially one granted by royal charter in a British colony or by the Dutch governors of what is now New York State.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French maner ‘dwelling’, from Latin manere ‘remain’.