Definition of manna in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanə/


1(In the Bible) the substance miraculously supplied as food to the Israelites in the wilderness (Exod. 16).
Example sentences
  • The Israelites feasted on manna in the wilderness.
  • In the Old Testament it was manna in the wilderness.
  • God had fed the Israelites in the wilderness with manna, but also with ‘miraculous flocks of quail’.
1.1An unexpected or gratuitous benefit: the cakes were manna from heaven
More example sentences
  • With a cap on what charities could get, however, any further increase in betting limits became manna from heaven for the private casino industry.
  • And Parker is manna from heaven for all sorts of reasons.
  • The general opinion was he was manna from heaven.
1.2(In Christian contexts) spiritual nourishment, especially the Eucharist.
Example sentences
  • When our message is that God is mercy for outcasts and sinners and manna for everyone, how can we not preach?
  • God is not only mercy for sinners and outcasts but manna for everyone.
  • Can we translate full-gospel preaching, both manna and mercy, into the language of the Web?
1.3A sweet secretion from the manna ash or a similar plant, used as a mild laxative and as a principal source of mannitol.


Old English, via late Latin and Greek from Aramaic mannā, from Hebrew mān, corresponding to Arabic mann, denoting an exudation of the tamarisk Tamarix mannifera.

Words that rhyme with manna

Alana, Anna, bandanna, banner, Branagh, canna, canner, Diana, fanner, Fermanagh, Guyana, Hannah, Havana, hosanna, Indiana, Joanna, lanner, Louisiana, manner, manor, Montana, nana, planner, Pollyanna, Rosanna, savannah, scanner, spanner, Susanna, tanner

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Syllabification: man·na

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