• WordNet 3.6
    • n manse the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)
    • n manse a large and imposing house
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Manse A dwelling house, generally with land attached.
    • Manse The parsonage; a clergyman's house.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • manse To excommunicate; curse.
    • n manse Originally, the dwelling of a landholder with the land attached; afterward, especially, any ecclesiastical residence, whether parochial or collegiate; now, specifically, the dwelling-house of a minister of the Established Church of Scotland, and hence sometimes the parsonage of any church of the Presbyterian or Congregational order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Manse mans the residence of a clergyman, esp. of Presbyterians in Scotland.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. mansa, mansus, mansum, a farm, fr. L. manere, mansum, to stay, dwell. See Mansion Manor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Low L. mansa, a farm—manēre, mansus, to remain.


In literature:

The Old Manse was built in 1767 for Emerson's grandfather, who had become minister of Concord church.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
Among the doctor's first social appearances was tea at the manse, where he met again the beautiful Miss Cameron.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
One evening, two or three young girls were assembled at the manse.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume VI" by Various
The modes of speech and general atmosphere of a Scotch rectory differ piquantly from those of the manse.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
The whole was seen by the Concord minister, William Emerson, from his study in the Manse, close by.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
A young American lady was his guest at the manse while a young Scottish advocate was spending a holiday in the neighbourhood.
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
Robert Brockett was building in 1785 the Presbyterian Manse.
"Seaport in Virginia" by Gay Montague Moore
At a short distance from the manse door I met the godly sufferer and his destitute family, with his second youngest child in his arms.
"Ringan Gilhaize" by John Galt
Several manses composed a march; and several marches formed a Pagus, or district.
"Old Roads and New Roads" by William Bodham Donne

In poetry:

Ah, often here in the city,
When weary of all the street,
My thoughts fly back to the woodland
And the manse in its shadows sweet.
"The Pastor's Pool" by Alexander Anderson
Beside the manse the river flows
This sweet and tender summer day,
While soft winds wanton round the rose,
Or dally with the leaves and play.
"In A Manse Garden" by Alexander Anderson
And here once more, as in a dream,
I stand and watch the sunshine glance
Upon the ripples of the stream
That glides and murmurs by the manse.
"In Memoriam" by Alexander Anderson
The manse is silent; not for him
Spring with her wand of wondrous spell;
He sleeps amid the silence dim—
The good gray head we knew so well.
"In Memoriam" by Alexander Anderson
To-night the manse receives its dead,
To-night his slumbers will be fair;
To-night around that good gray head
The darkness will be sacred there.
"In Memoriam" by Alexander Anderson
Far old friend in the Manse, by the green ash peeling
Flake by flake from the heat in the Yule log's core,
Look past the woman you love. On wall and ceiling
Climbs not a trellis of roses--and ghosts--of yore?
"Christmas Eve" by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch

In news:

The transition between the main road and Corwin Ericson's Wendell manse is a voyage within a voyage.
Jolly good fun … Last Thursday evening the lights were atwinkle and presents were under the tree at the Santa's Elves Third Annual Party held at the magnificent manse of Michele and Mitchell Smith.
Adrienne Maloof of 'Real Housewives' sells Beverly Hills manse .
Billy Bob Thornton is putting his Beverly Hills manse up for sale.
Montco manse will bloom again.
Boy Scouts from Anderson learn about Civil War figure Manse Jolly.
Merck was one of a dozen 11-year-old Boy Scouts who camped out on the farm where Manse Jolly, the Civil War figure from Anderson, once lived.
LOST Kahala Manse Off the Market.
Hudson and Rocker Hubby Selling Makakilo Manse .
Lining up for the guv’s manse .
Manse For the East River Obsessed: Ellen Biddle Shipman House Hits the Market.
Barry Zito's Kentfield manse still wants a buyer.
'Liberace of the Lake' lists her Minnetonka manse .
Manse For the East River Obsessed: Ellen Biddle Shipman House Hits the Market.
Bad vibes and Sears-style décor did not stop people from bidding on Bernie Madoff's seaside manse.