[ 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

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for maniple

/ (ˈmænɪpəl) /


(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 for maniple

C16: from Medieval Latin manipulus (the Eucharistic vestment), from Latin, literally: a handful, from manus hand
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