- the residence of a minister, esp. a Presbyterian minister; parsonage
- Archaic a large, imposing house; mansion
Origin of manseLate Middle English manss from Medieval Latin mansus (or mansum, mansa), a dwelling from past participle of Classical Latin manere, to remain, dwell: see manor
- A cleric's house and land, especially the residence of a Presbyterian minister.
- A large stately residence: “In a huff, the senator retreated to his manse in Butte—three stories, thirty-four rooms, stuffed with Tiffany glass lamps” ( Timothy Egan )
Origin of manseMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present manses, present participle mansing, simple past and past participle mansed)
From Middle English mansien, apheretic variant of amansien, from Old English ÄmÇ£nsumian (“to excommunicate"). More at amanse.