manor [man-er] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. (in England) a landed estate or territorial unit, originally of the nature of a feudal lordship, consisting of a lord’s demesne and of lands within which he has the right to exercise certain privileges, exact certain fees, etc.
  2. any similar territorial unit in medieval Europe, as a feudal estate.
  3. the mansion of a lord with the land belonging to it.
  4. the main house or mansion on an estate, plantation, etc.

Origin of manor 1250–1300; Middle English maner Old French manoir, noun use of manoir to remain, dwell Latin manēre to remain; see mansion Related formsma·no·ri·al [muh-nawr-ee-uh l, -nohr-] /məˈnɔr i əl, -ˈnoʊr-/, adjectivein·ter·ma·no·ri·al, adjectivesub·man·or, nounCan be confusedmanna manner manor Examples from the Web for manorial Historical Examples of manorial

  • They held about five acres, but provided no oxen for the manorial plough-team.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • They are very similar also to the manorial courts in England.

    A Source Book for Mediaeval History

    Oliver J. Thatcher

  • The business of the court may be divided into criminal, manorial and civil.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5


  • The manorial authorities cannot bargain with the tenants one by one.

    The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century

    Richard Henry Tawney

  • Their chief is their elected chief, not their manorial lord.

    The English Village Community

    Frederic Seebohm

  • British Dictionary definitions for manorial manor noun

    1. (in medieval Europe) the manor house of a lord and the lands attached to it
    2. (before 1776 in some North American colonies) a tract of land granted with rights of inheritance by royal charter
    3. a manor house
    4. a landed estate
    5. British slang a geographical area of operation, esp of a gang or local police force

    Derived Formsmanorial (məˈnɔːrɪəl), adjectiveWord Origin for manor C13: from Old French manoir dwelling, from maneir to dwell, from Latin manēre to remain Word Origin and History for manorial adj.

    1785, from manor + -al (1).

    manor n.

    late 13c., “mansion, habitation, country residence, principal house of an estate,” from Anglo-French maner, Old French manoir “abode, home, dwelling place; manor” (12c.), noun use of maneir “to dwell,” from Latin manere “to stay, abide,” from PIE root *men- “to remain” (see mansion). As a unit of territorial division in Britain and some American colonies (usually “land held in demesne by a lord, with tenants”) it is attested from 1530s.

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