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  • n. A type of high-quality bread made from flour.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Fine white bread; a loaf of fine bread.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small loaf or roll of the finest white bread; bread made from the finest and whitest wheaten flour.
  • n. In heraldry, the representation of a found cake, as a bread, resembling a muffin.
  • Used in making manchets (said of flour); also, made of the finest flour.


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  • Eli even invited him to break a manchet and drink a stoup of wine to give him heart for his journey.

    The Cloister and the Hearth

  • I once saw him try to eat a piece of manchet, but it took him two hours just to gnaw down one bite.

    Much Ado About Marriage

  • Then he breaks some manchet bread and pulls the white soft crumb inside the crunchy crust.

    The Red Queen

  • He shakes his head and spoons himself another bowl of stewed beef and a slice of manchet bread.

    The Red Queen

  • He sopped up the last of the gravy with a piece of manchet bread and continued to eat.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • That by two manchet-cakes of bread of Tewarij329 did lie!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Percy and Master Thomas Percy had half a loaf of household bread, a manchet, a pottle of beer, a dish of butter, a piece of salt fish, and a dish of sprats or three white herrings; and the nursery breakfast for my lady Margaret and Master Ingram Percy was much the same.

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine

  • The manchet was sometimes thought to be sufficient without butter, as we now eat a scone.

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine

  • Chip a manchet very well, and cut it round ways in toasts, then take cream and eight eggs seasoned with sack, sugar, and nutmeg, and let these toasts steep in it about an hour, then fry them in sweet butter, serve them up with plain melted butter, or with butter, sack and sugar as you please.

    English Housewifery

  • Grate an old penny loaf, put to it a like quantity of suet shred, a nutmeg grated, a little salt and some currans, then beat some eggs in a little sack and sugar, mix all together, and knead it as stiff as for manchet, and make it up in the form and size of

    English Housewifery


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  • Usage/historical note in comment on pandemaine.

    January 8, 2017

  • It's bread, when all's said and done,

    But have your frenchified fun.

    If you want to enhance it

    Then call it a manchet,

    But a loaf in the hand is a bun.

    October 19, 2014

  • ""I need to know the language and the customs," she said, leaning over Dunworthy's desk, "and the money and table manners and things. Did you know they didn't use plates? They used flat loaves of bread called manchets, and when they finished eating their meat, they broke them into pieces and ate them. I need someone to teach me things like that, so I won't make mistakes.""

    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, p 7

    May 23, 2010

  • "And in the hands of the maiden was a quantity of white bread, and she had some manchet bread in her veil, and she came into the chamber."

    - Thomas Bulfinch, 'Age of Fable'.

    September 19, 2009