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Definition of manse in English:


1A house provided for a minister of certain Christian Churches, especially the Scottish Presbyterian Church.
Example sentences
  • LMI properties are used for ministry purposes in a similar way that many churches or ministries would provide a manse for their ministers.
  • For two years, they lived in the manse and provided regular ministry and leadership of young people's groups before going to Spain.
  • In previous years the house has served as a manse for the United Presbyterian Church.
minister's house;
vicarage, parsonage, rectory, deanery
archaic glebe house
1.1US informal A person’s house or home: she has just returned to her mother and the family manse after being expelled from convent school
More example sentences
  • Of the larger properties to come to market in recent weeks are Kells House and gardens in Co Kerry, a Victorian fairytale manse on 46 acres at Cahersiveen.
  • And I had a wonderful conversation and a great visit with her at Friar Park, which is a magnificent Victorian manse that has incredible gardens.
  • In an attempt to make a series like The Real World out of the Osbournes, the family opened the doors of their swish Beverly Hills manse to an MTV camera crew over a four-month period last year.


son (or daughter) of the manse
The child of a minister, especially of the Scottish Presbyterian Church.
Example sentences
  • Profligacy, whatever her short-term charms, is not the proper sort of partner for a dour Scottish son of the manse.
  • As a son of the manse, he was for years treasurer of his church.
  • Like many sons of the manse, he seems to possess a covenant to govern others.


Late 15th century (denoting the principal house of an estate): from medieval Latin mansus 'house, dwelling', from manere 'remain'.

Words that rhyme with manse

askance, bromance, expanse, finance, Hans, Hanse, nance, Penzance, Romance
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