Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

maniple

[man-uh-puh l]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. (in ancient Rome) a subdivision of a legion, consisting of 60 or 120 men.
  2. Ecclesiastical. one of the Eucharistic vestments, consisting of an ornamental band or strip worn on the left arm near the wrist.
Show More

Origin of maniple

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for maniple

Historical Examples

  • Among the most interesting of the finds were a stole and maniple.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham

    J. E. Bygate

  • There stood the centurion at the head of his maniple, and raised his staff.

  • Others brought a cope of the colour of the day, with an amice, stole, and maniple.

  • The chasuble, maniple, and stole were all of the same material and colour.

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


British Dictionary definitions for maniple

maniple

noun
  1. (in ancient Rome) a unit of 120 to 200 foot soldiers
  2. Christianity an ornamental band formerly worn on the left arm by the celebrant at the Eucharist
Show More

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012