(archaic) A large, imposing house; mansion.
A large stately residence.
The residence of a minister, esp. a Presbyterian minister; parsonage.
A cleric's house and land, especially the residence of a Presbyterian minister.
(archaic) The dwellings belonging to a householder.
(archaic) A family dwelling, an owner-occupied house.
Origin of manse
- Middle English manss a manor house from Medieval Latin mānsa a dwelling from Latin feminine past participle of manēre to dwell, remain men-3 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English mansien, apheretic variant of amansien, from Old English āmÇ£nsumian (“to excommunicate"). More at amanse.