[ man-suh-puhl ]
/ ˈmæn sə pəl /
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an officer or steward of a monastery, college, etc., authorized to purchase provisions.



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Origin of manciple

1150–1200 in sense “slave”; Middle English <Middle French manciple, variant of mancipe<Medieval Latin mancipium,Latin: a possession, slave, originally, ownership, equivalent to mancip-, stem of manceps contractor, agent (man(us) hand + -cep-, combining form of capere to take (see concept) + -s nominative singular ending) + -ium-ium
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/ (ˈmænsɪpəl) /


a steward who buys provisions, esp in a college, Inn of Court, or monastery

Word Origin for manciple

C13: via Old French from Latin mancipium purchase, from manceps purchaser, from manus hand + capere to take
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