[ man-suh-puh l ]
/ ˈmæn sə pəl /


an officer or steward of a monastery, college, etc., authorized to purchase provisions.

Origin of manciple

1150–1200 in sense “slave”; Middle English < Middle French manciple, variant of mancipe < Medieval Latin mancipium, Latin: a possession, slave, orig., 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manciple

/ (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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