Etymology: < classical Latin manent , 3rd person plural present indicative of manēre to remain (see remain v.). Compare manet v.
intr. ‘They remain’: used as a stage direction preceding the names of the characters who are to remain on stage for the ensuing action, while others leave.
a1593 Marlowe Edward II (1594) sig. K2v, Manent Isabell and Mortimer. Enter the yong Prince, and the Earle of Kent talking with him.
1675 W. Wycherley Country Wife i. 11 Manent Horner, Harcourt, Dorilant; Enter to them Mr. Pinchwife.
1776 G. E. Ayscough Semiramis iii. vi. 42 The Scene shuts.—Manent Assures and Azema, &c.
1851 J. Baillie Beacon i. ii. 305 Manent Ulrick and Terentia.
2002 FIC: Manent (1/1) in alt.tv.x-files.creative (Usenet newsgroup) 12 Sept., Author’s Notes: The title, Manent, refers to a stage direction often used in Shakespeare’s plays. It instructs an actor/actress to remain or stay behind on stage, while everyone else leaves (exeunt).