American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cleric's house and land, especially the residence of a Presbyterian minister.
- n. A large stately residence.
- n. Archaic The dwellings belonging to a householder.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To excommunicate; curse.
- n. Originally, the dwelling of a landholder with the land attached; afterward, especially, any ecclesiastical residence, whether parochial or collegiate; now, specifically, the dwelling-house of a minister of the Established Church of Scotland, and hence sometimes the parsonage of any church of the Presbyterian or Congregational order.
- v. transitive To excommunicate; curse.
- n. A house inhabited by the minister of a parish.
- n. archaic A family dwelling, an owner-occupied house.
- n. A large house, a mansion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dwelling house, generally with land attached.
- n. Scot. The parsonage; a clergyman's house.
- n. the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)
- n. a large and imposing house
- From Middle English mansien, apheretic variant of amansien, from Old English āmǣnsumian ("to excommunicate"). More at amanse. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English manss, a manor house, from Medieval Latin mānsa, a dwelling, from Latin, feminine past participle of manēre, to dwell, remain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I figure Bristol hangs at the Palin manse, watches tv (Family Guy), plays on the computer and texts her friends on her iPhone.”
“Unfortunately this son of a manse is none too clever at holding his drink and gets completely bladdered on a few babychams, plus mind eraser and horse's neck cocktails.”
“His cover as Godly son of the manse is blown to smithereens.”
“The Stan Hywet manse is a huge, radically-overdone 1930s house that spans almost a quarter of a mile, laced with secret corridors and filled with top-of-the-line 1930s technology, but if you were to judge Stan Hywet by his gift shop, you'd think that he had the world's largest collection of Beanie Babies and gardening books.”
“Anne dearie, believe me, the state of that manse is something terrible.”
“The word manse had not yet reached the atmosphere.”
“The family lived in a WEE MANSION - albeit called the manse or rectory - the sort of country pile which would fetch a couple of MILLION now.”
“The third group dwelling in the manse is the Johnston family: Daniel, his elderly parents Bill and Mabel, his brother Dick, and sisters Margie and Sally.”
“The Rev. Robert Kirke was, it seems, walking upon a little eminence to the west of the present manse, which is still held a Dun Shie, or fairy mound, when he sunk down, in what seemed to mortals a fit, and was supposed to be dead.”
“The manse was a square Victorian building built beside the loch, with a depressing garden of weedy grass and rhodo-dendrons.”
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