Definition of manor in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmanə


  • 1 (also manor house) A large country house with lands: a Tudor manor house in the English countryside Kelmscott Manor
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    • Agecroft Hall, a Tudor manor house, was shipped to the United States piece by piece and now draws 20,000 visitors each year.
    • In the past, the country manor house welcomed gentry for deer hunting.
    • 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.
  • 1.1chiefly • historical (In England and Wales) a unit of land, originally a feudal lordship, consisting of a lord’s demesne and lands rented to tenants: the right to mine ores within the manor of Little Langdale
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    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 2 (one's manor) • informal The district covered by a police station: they were the undisputed rulers of their manor
  • 2.1One’s own neighbourhood or area of operation.



Pronunciation: /məˈnɔːrɪəl/
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  • Penn was a feudal lord who could create manorial courts; furthermore, Penn could not transfer his royally delegated powers to the people, but only to a deputy such as himself.
  • Many features of manorial jurisdiction as practised in 1280 cannot have gone back more than a hundred years, because they so plainly echoed recent developments in superior courts.
  • It also gives the manorial net income (referred to as the ‘annual value’) and tax assessment.


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

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