a. A landed estate.
b. The main house on an estate; a mansion.
2. A tract of land in certain North American colonies with hereditary rights granted to the proprietor by royal charter.
a. The district over which a lord had domain and could exercise certain rights and privileges in medieval western Europe.
b. The lord's residence in such a district.
[Middle English maner, manoir, from Old French maneir, manoir, to dwell, manor, from Latin manēre, to remain; see men-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
ma·nori·al (mə-nôrē-əl) adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.