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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English manred, manrede, from Old English manrǣden (dependence, homage, service, tribute, due), equivalent to man +‎ -red.

Alternative forms[edit]


manred (countable and uncountable, plural manreds)

  1. (UK dialectal or obsolete) Homage.
  2. (UK dialectal or obsolete) Vassals collectively; the supply of men a lord can call upon in time of warfare.
    • 2009, Eric William Ives, “The March on Framlingham”, in Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery[1], John Wiley and Sons, →ISBN, page 203:
      There he was joined by his sons and addition troops, almost certainly more of the Dudley manred from the Midlands.
  3. (UK dialectal or obsolete) The position of leader among fighting men; the conduct (of an army).
  4. (rare, UK dialectal or obsolete) Carnal intercourse.
  5. (UK dialectal, Scotland) The solemn undertaking to be a person's faithful supporter, and the obligation so constituted.

Etymology 2[edit]

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manred (uncountable)

  1. (mythology) primal substance of the Universe
    • 2003, Kennth Morris, “Druidism”, in G. De Purucker, editor, Theosophical Path Magazine, January to June 1930[2], Kessinger Publishing, →ISBN, page 131:
      They were made of the manred, that is, of the elements in the extremities of their particles and smallest atom … God was in each of the particles of the manred, []
    • 2004, Lewis Spence, “The Celtic Idea of the Origin of Man”, in An Introduction to Mythology[3], Cosimo, Inc, →ISBN, page 169:
      God pronounce his ineffable name, and Manred, the primal substance of the Universe, was formed. Manred was composed of thousands of teeming atoms in each of which God was present, and each was part of God.


Middle English[edit]



  1. Alternative form of manrede