WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
man•ner1 /ˈmænɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a way of doing, being done, or happening:In what manner were you notified?
  2. manners, [plural]
    • the ways of living of a people, class, or period:Victorian manners.
    • ways of behaving with reference to polite standards:She has such good manners.
  3. a person's outward appearance when doing or behaving:a charming manner.
  4. a characteristic or customary style;
    fashion:built in the 19th-century manner.
  5. kind;
    sort:[singular;  but used with a singular or plural verb]What manner of man is he? All manner of things were happening.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
man•ner1  (manər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a way of doing, being done, or happening;
    mode of action, occurrence, etc.:I don't like the manner in which he complained.
  2. manners: 
    • the prevailing customs, ways of living, and habits of a people, class, period, etc.;
      mores:The novels of Jane Austen are concerned with the manners of her time.
    • ways of behaving with reference to polite standards;
      social comportment:That child has good manners.
  3. a person's outward bearing;
    way of speaking to and treating others:She has a charming manner.
  4. characteristic or customary way of doing, making, saying, etc.:houses built in the 19th-century manner.
  5. air of distinction:That old gentleman had quite a manner.
  6. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) kind;
    sort:What manner of man is he? All manner of things were happening.
  7. characteristic style in art, literature, or the like:verses in the manner of Spenser.
  8. [Obs.]
    • nature;
      character.
    • guise;
      fashion.
  9. Idiomsby all manner of means, by all means;
    certainly.
  10. Idiomsby no manner of means, under no circumstances;
    by no means;
    certainly not:She was by no manner of means a frivolous person.
  11. Idiomsin a manner, so to speak;
    after a fashion;
    somewhat.
  12. Idiomsin a manner of speaking, in a way;
    as it were;
    so to speak:We were, in a manner of speaking, babes in the woods.
  13. to the manner born: 
    • accustomed by birth to a high position:He was a gentleman to the manner born.
    • Idiomsused to a particular custom, activity, or role from birth.
  • Anglo-French; Old French maniere Vulgar Latin *manuāria, noun, nominal use of feminine of manuārius handy, convenient (Latin: of, pertaining to the hand). See manus, -er2
  • Middle English manere 1125–75
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged method.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged demeanor, deportment.
      Manner, air, bearing all refer to one's outward aspect or behavior.
      Manner applies to a distinctive mode of behavior, or social attitude toward others, etc.:a gracious manner.Air applies to outward appearance insofar as this is distinctive or indicative:an air of martyrdom.Airs imply affectation:to put on airs.Bearing applies esp. to carriage:a noble bearing.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mode, fashion, style;
      habit, custom.

man•ner2  (manər),USA pronunciation n. [Old Eng. Law.]
  1. Lawmainour.


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manners /ˈmænəz/ pl n
  1. social conduct
  2. a socially acceptable way of behaving



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