from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as manred.

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  • noun historical A contract, usually military and between Scottish clans, in which a weaker man or clan pledged to serve, in return for protection, a stronger lord or clan.


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man +‎ rent?


  • Edinburght, whare the one, to witt Caldar youngar, remaned whill his band of manrent to the Cardinall was the meanes of his deliverance, and the other, to witt Ormestoun, fread him self by leapping of the wall of the Castell, betuix ten houris and allevin befoir none; and so breakin ward, [377] he eschaped preassone, which he injustlye sufferred.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • Scotland had ether gevin unto him thare bandis of manrent, or ellis war in confideracye, and promessed amitie with him.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • And how sone that ever thei war within the toune, thei war apprehended, and upoun the morne send all three to the Black Nesse, whare thei remaned so long as that it pleased the Cardinallis graceless Grace, and that was till that the band of manrent and of service, sett some of thame at libertie.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • And upoun eyther the preservatioun [374] of this our brother, or upoun his delyverie agane to our handis, we being reassonable advertissed to receave him, that we, in the name and behalf of our freindis, shall deliver to your Lordschip, or to any sufficient man, that shall deliver to us agane this servand of God, our band of manrent in manor foirsaid. "

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)


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  • Found in OED while looking up "manse."

    1. Now chiefly hist.

    a. Homage; the undertaking or obligation of a vassal to support a patron faithfully; = MANRED n. 1a.

    b. bond (also band) of manrent n. the obligation or a promise to provide service or support under the system of manrent (sense 1a); also fig.

    2. Vassals collectively; the men who could be called upon by a lord for military service. Also: leadership of such men. Cf. MANRED n. 3. Obs.

    August 14, 2008

  • Reminds me of manlaughter. :-)

    August 14, 2008

  • What the urban woman charges when her boyfriend moves in.

    August 14, 2008