AskDefine | Define manse

Dictionary Definition



1 a large and imposing house [syn: mansion, mansion house, hall, residence]
2 the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)

User Contributed Dictionary



From mansus, dwelling, from manere, to remain.


  • /mæns/


  1. A house inhabited by the minister of a parish.



  • circa 1890: George Otto Trevelyan, Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay, pUnknown
    All favourable hereditary influences, both intellectual and moral, are assured by a genealogy which derives from a Scotch Manse.

Extensive Definition

This article is about the house type. "Manse" is also a nickname for the city of Tampere, named after Manchester.
A manse (; from Latin mansus, "dwelling", from manere, "to remain") is a house inhabited by, or formerly inhabited by, a minister, usually used in the context of a Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist or United Church.
When selling a former manse, the Church of Scotland always requires that the property should not be called "The Manse" by the new owners (but "The Old Manse" or other variations are acceptable). *Wendy Alexander (sister of Douglas), Labour MSP; current leader of the Labour Party group in the Scottish Parliament; former minister in the Scottish Executive (1999-2002)


See also

manse in German: Manse
manse in French: Manse
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