Definition of manna in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmanə


[mass noun]
1(In the Bible) the substance miraculously supplied as food to the Israelites in the wilderness (Exod. 16).
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  • 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’.
1.1Something beneficial that appears or is provided unexpectedly or opportunely: a major aircraft accident is manna to lawyers
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  • 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.
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  • 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?
2A sweet gum obtained from the manna ash or a similar plant, used as a mild laxative.


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

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