from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • intransitive verb obsolete To dwell; to reside.
  • noun obsolete A dwelling place, -- whether a part or whole of a house or other shelter.
  • noun The house of the lord of a manor; a manor house; hence: Any house of considerable size or pretension.
  • noun (Astrol.) A twelfth part of the heavens; a house. See 1st House, 8.
  • noun obsolete The place in the heavens occupied each day by the moon in its monthly revolution.
  • noun the house in which one resides; specifically, in London and some other cities, the official residence of the Lord Mayor.

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

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

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

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


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

[Middle English, a dwelling, from Old French, from Latin mānsiō, mānsiōn-, from mānsus, past participle of manēre, to dwell, remain; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Anglo-Norman, from Latin mansiō ("dwelling, stopping-place"), from the past participle stem of manēre ("stay").


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