Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small loaf or roll of the finest white bread; bread made from the finest and whitest wheaten flour.
  • noun In heraldry, the representation of a found cake, as a bread, resembling a muffin.
  • Used in making manchets (said of flour); also, made of the finest flour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Archaic Fine white bread; a loaf of fine bread.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Scotland, obsolete A type of high-quality bread made from flour.

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Examples

  • Eli even invited him to break a manchet and drink a stoup of wine to give him heart for his journey.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • He sopped up the last of the gravy with a piece of manchet bread and continued to eat.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • He sopped up the last of the gravy with a piece of manchet bread and continued to eat.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • He sopped up the last of the gravy with a piece of manchet bread and continued to eat.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • I once saw him try to eat a piece of manchet, but it took him two hours just to gnaw down one bite.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • He shakes his head and spoons himself another bowl of stewed beef and a slice of manchet bread.

    The Red Queen

  • I once saw him try to eat a piece of manchet, but it took him two hours just to gnaw down one bite.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • He sopped up the last of the gravy with a piece of manchet bread and continued to eat.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • Then he breaks some manchet bread and pulls the white soft crumb inside the crunchy crust.

    The Red Queen

  • I once saw him try to eat a piece of manchet, but it took him two hours just to gnaw down one bite.

    Much Ado About Marriage

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  • "And in the hands of the maiden was a quantity of white bread, and she had some manchet bread in her veil, and she came into the chamber."

    - Thomas Bulfinch, 'Age of Fable'.

    September 19, 2009

  • ""I need to know the language and the customs," she said, leaning over Dunworthy's desk, "and the money and table manners and things. Did you know they didn't use plates? They used flat loaves of bread called manchets, and when they finished eating their meat, they broke them into pieces and ate them. I need someone to teach me things like that, so I won't make mistakes.""

    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, p 7

    May 23, 2010

  • It's bread, when all's said and done,

    But have your frenchified fun.

    If you want to enhance it

    Then call it a manchet,

    But a loaf in the hand is a bun.

    October 19, 2014

  • Usage/historical note in comment on pandemaine.

    January 8, 2017