manse definition by Webster's New World
- the residence of a minister, esp. a Presbyterian minister; parsonage
- Archaic a large, imposing house; mansion
Origin: Late Middle English manss ; from Midieval Latin mansus (or mansum, mansa), a dwelling ; from past participle of Classical Latin manere, to remain, dwell: see manor
manse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A cleric's house and land, especially the residence of a Presbyterian minister.
- A large stately residence.
- Archaic The dwellings belonging to a householder.
Origin: Middle English manss, a manor house, from Medieval Latin mānsa, a dwelling, from Latin, feminine past participle of manēre, to dwell, remain; see men-3 in Indo-European roots.