1. Eng. Law The land belonging to a lord or nobleman, or so much land as a lord or great personage kept in his own hands, for the use and subsistence of his family.
My manors, rents, revenues, l forego. --Shak.
Note: ☞ In these days, a manor rather signifies the jurisdiction and royalty incorporeal, than the land or site, for a man may have a manor in gross, as the law terms it, that is, the right and interest of a court-baron, with the perquisites thereto belonging.
2. American Law A tract of land occupied by tenants who pay a free-farm rent to the proprietor, sometimes in kind, and sometimes by performing certain stipulated services.
Manor house, or Manor seat, the house belonging to a manor; the house of the lord of the manor; a manse.
n 1: the mansion of the lord of the manor [syn: manor house]
2: the landed estate of a lord (including the house on it)