Manse is an old-fashioned word used to describe the house a Protestant minister lives in. It can also refer more informally to a grand house or the main house of an estate.

The housing that a church provides for a member of its clergy can be called a clergy house, parish house, parsonage, rectory — or a manse, in the case of a Presbyterian minister's home. If your best friend lives in a twelve-bedroom house with a staff of servants, you might call her home a manse as well. The word manse, like mansion, comes from the Medieval Latin mansus, "dwelling."

Definitions of manse

n the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)

Type of:
the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)

n a large and imposing house

hall, mansion, mansion house, residence
manor, manor house
the mansion of a lord or wealthy person
castle, palace
a large and stately mansion
stately home
a mansion that is (or formerly was) occupied by an aristocratic family
Type of:
a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families

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