- an officer or steward of a monastery, college, etc., authorized to purchase provisions.
Origin of manciple
Examples from the Web for manciple
The Manciple is chaffing the ‘coke’ for having had too much to drink.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
Manciple, you are responsible for the preservation of that Star-fish.
Manciple, man′si-pl, n. a steward: a purveyor, particularly of a college or an inn of court.
He did as soon as Alice said that about whining and grizzling being below the dignity of a Manciple.The Wouldbegoods
Extra food obtained from the manciple to be eaten in private was called Battels.Oxford and its Story
- a steward who buys provisions, esp in a college, Inn of Court, or monastery
Word Origin and History for manciple
"officer or servant who purchases provisions for a college, monastery, etc.," early 13c., from Old French mancipe "servant, official, manciple," from Latin mancipium "servant, slave, slave obtained by legal transfer; the legal purchase of a thing," literally "a taking in hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + root of capere "to take" (see capable).