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  1. a wicker receptacle for documents.
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Origin of hanaper

1275–1325; Middle English hanypere < Anglo-French; Middle French hanapier case to hold a drinking vessel, derivative of hanap goblet (< Germanic *hnapp bowl; compare Old English hnæpp, Old High German hnapf, Old Norse hnappr, early Medieval Latin anappus, hanappum); see -er2
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Historical Examples of hanaper

  • I next paid ‘fees to the Deputy Clerk of the Hanaper,’ ten shillings.

    Reprinted Pieces

    Charles Dickens

  • Johnson, and others, give the word Hanaper as synonymous with treasury or exchequer.

  • He denied that he was party to the attempt, and paid the necessary fee to the Hanaper for his pardon.

    William de Colchester

    Ernest Harold Pearce

British Dictionary definitions for hanaper


  1. a small wickerwork basket, often used to hold official papers
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Word Origin for hanaper

C15: from Old French hanapier, from hanap cup, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German hnapf bowl, Old English hnæp
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