Definition of manor in US English:

manor

(also manor house)

noun

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

    • ‘Money for the estate and a derelict manor house will come from the Millennium Fund, the EU and direct government funds.’
    • ‘My room had been the parlor of an ancient manor house before the Occupation.’
    • ‘Visible earthworks include roads, a fishpond, the foundation of a manor house, and 30 peasant houses set out in regular rows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Jacobean manor house is crumbling rapidly having lost its roof and now even its walls are in danger of falling.’
    • ‘A manor house was a very visible show of a person's wealth.’
    • ‘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 manor house was sold to the Rutsons, a family of Liverpool merchants, in 1839, but they mainly lived elsewhere.’
    • ‘Medieval descriptions of manor houses are rare and usually brief, but there is a wealth of later material.’
    • ‘For the interior alterations and additions to the manor house, Robinson turned to several architects, firstly George Devey.’
    • ‘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 the past, the country manor house welcomed gentry for deer hunting.’
    • ‘The peeling frescoes that ornament the living room of a manor house are all that remain to suggest its colonial grandeur.’
    • ‘The manor house and a group of older cottages are still there, part of a collection of beautiful things that makes La Sagesse special.’
    • ‘Just a few miles away from Woolacombe stands Arlington Court, a Georgian manor house set in acres of rolling Devonshire parkland.’
    • ‘In 1502 the manor house was sold to Sir Henry Clifford, of Skipton Castle.’
    • ‘A manor house dating from before 1150 is Britain's oldest continually occupied house, it was claimed today.’
    • ‘In the 14th Century a manor house was built on the site and it became a mansion in the 1800s.’
    • ‘Agecroft Hall, a Tudor manor house, was shipped to the United States piece by piece and now draws 20,000 visitors each year.’
    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.
      • ‘Bound to the land, they could not leave the manor without the lord's consent.’
      • ‘The operation of these plantations resembled the feudal manors of medieval Europe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1449, she was expelled from the manor by Lord Moleyns's men, but not without a prodigious struggle.’
      • ‘Serfs worked the land and produced the goods that the lord and his manor needed.’
      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.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

manor

/ˈmanər//ˈmænər/