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[man-uh-puh l] /ˈmæn ə pəl/
(in ancient Rome) a subdivision of a legion, consisting of 60 or 120 men.
Ecclesiastical. one of the Eucharistic vestments, consisting of an ornamental band or strip worn on the left arm near the wrist.
Origin of maniple
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin manipulus sudarium, Latin: military unit, literally, handful, equivalent to mani- (combining form of manus hand) + -pulus suffix of obscure origin; perhaps akin to plēnus full1 Unabridged
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  • Over the left arm the priest carries a maniple which is something like a stole.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • The chasuble, maniple, and stole were all of the same material and colour.

  • Amongst these we notice his stole and maniple and pectoral cross.

  • Among these are “one stole, with a maniple; one girdle, and two bracelets of gold.”

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • Then am I to understand, Mr. maniple, that you object to bury a Dissenter?

  • In their hands they carried the crozier from which hung the maniple, a sort of green veil.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Among other presents he left as offerings a stole and maniple, and a girdle and two bracelets of gold.

  • A Hispanian maniple had just seized Antony's son Antyllus and, after a hasty court-martial, killed him.

    Cleopatra, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Do thou pluck a maniple—that is an handful—of the plant called Maidenhair, and make a syrup therewith as I have shewed thee.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Attend to me—the maniple will occupy the castle and shoot down on the heathen from hence; when they come carry me into the tower.

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for maniple


(in ancient Rome) a unit of 120 to 200 foot soldiers
(Christianity) an ornamental band formerly worn on the left arm by the celebrant at the Eucharist
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin manipulus (the Eucharistic vestment), from Latin, literally: a handful, from manus hand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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