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man·ner (mănər)
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n.
1. A way of doing something or the way in which a thing is done or happens: prepared for the trip in a very organized manner. See Synonyms at method.
2. A way of acting; bearing or behavior: He is known for his reserved manner.
3. manners
a. The socially correct way of acting; etiquette: had trouble mastering manners in his new country.
b. The prevailing customs, social conduct, and norms of a specific society, period, or group, especially as the subject of a literary work: a novel of 18th-century manners.
4. Practice, style, execution, or method in the arts: This fresco is typical of the painter's early manner.
5.
a. Kind; sort: What manner of person is she?
b. Kinds; sorts: saw all manner of people at the mall.
Idioms:
in a manner of speaking
In a way; so to speak.
to the manner born
Accustomed to a position, custom, or lifestyle from or as if from birth.

[Middle English manere, from Old French maniere, from feminine of manier, handmade, skillful, from Vulgar Latin *manuārius, convenient, handy, from Latin, of the hand, from manus, hand; see man-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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