from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. The spirits of the dead, regarded as minor supernatural powers in ancient Roman religion.
- n.pl. The revered spirit of one who has died.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The souls or spirits of dead ancestors, conceived as deities or the subjects of reverence.
- n. Plural form of mane.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The benevolent spirits of the dead, especially of dead ancestors, regarded as family deities and protectors.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Roman antiquity, the spirits of the dead considered as tutelary divinities of their families; the deified shades of the dead, according to the belief that the soul continued to exist and to have relations with earth after the body had perished.
- Hence—2. The spirit of a deceased person, or the shades of the dead, whether considered as the object of a cult or not.
- By metonymy— The lower world or infernal regions, as the abode of the manes.
- The punishments imposed in the lower world.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Persian prophet who founded Manichaeism (216-276)
Middle English, from Latin mānēs, perhaps from mānis, good; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin manes ("spirits of the dead"). (Wiktionary)