Borrowed from Middle Scots manrent, from Northern Middle English manreden, from Old English manrǣden. Doublet of manred.
manrent (countable and uncountable, plural manrents)
- (historical, Scotland) A contract, usually military and between Scottish clans, in which a weaker man or clan pledged to serve, in return for protection, a stronger lord or clan.
- 2003, Christine Peters, Women in Early Modern Britain, 1450-1640, page 25:
- Although there is no precise statistical analysis of assythments, bonds of manrent were only very rarely used in such circumstances.