Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large stately house.
  • n. A manor house.
  • n. Archaic A dwelling; an abode.
  • n. Archaic A separate dwelling in a large house or structure.
  • n. See house.
  • n. Any one of the 28 divisions of the moon's monthly path.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large house or building, usually built for the wealthy.
  • n. A luxurious flat (apartment).
  • n. A house provided for a clergyman; a manse.
  • n. A stopping-place during a journey; a stage.
  • n. An astrological house; a station of the moon.
  • n. One of twenty-eight sections of the sky.
  • n. An individual habitation or apartment within a large house or group of buildings. (Now chiefly in allusion to John 14:2.)
  • n. Any of the branches of the Rastafari movement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dwelling place, -- whether a part or whole of a house or other shelter.
  • n. The house of the lord of a manor; a manor house; hence: Any house of considerable size or pretension.
  • n. A twelfth part of the heavens; a house. See 1st House, 8.
  • n. The place in the heavens occupied each day by the moon in its monthly revolution.
  • intransitive v. To dwell; to reside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tarry; dwell; reside.
  • n. 1. A tarrying-place; a station.—2. A dwelling; any place of fixed residence or repose.
  • n. A dwelling-house of the better class; a large or stately residence; especially, the house of the lord of a manor; a manor-house.
  • n. In Oriental and medieval astronomy, one of twenty-eight parts into which the zodiac is divided; a lunar mansion (which see, under lunar).
  • n. In astrology, the sign in which the sun or any planet has its special residence; a house.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (astrology) one of 12 equal areas into which the zodiac is divided
  • n. a large and imposing house

Etymologies

Middle English, a dwelling, from Old French, from Latin mānsiō, mānsiōn-, from mānsus, past participle of manēre, to dwell, remain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman, from Latin mansiō ("dwelling, stopping-place"), from the past participle stem of manēre ("stay"). (Wiktionary)

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  • The Wordie manse is hyperdimensional! A room can (and usually does) occupy more than one wing at a time. I guess that's the sort of bonus one gets when one's spatial reality is an imaginative construct within a logical virtuality!

    September 16, 2007