- (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
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Examples from the Web for maniple
Among the most interesting of the finds were a stole and maniple.
There stood the centurion at the head of his maniple, and raised his staff.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete
Others brought a cope of the colour of the day, with an amice, stole, and maniple.English Monastic Life
The chasuble, maniple, and stole were all of the same material and colour.A Handbook of Pictorial History
Henry W. Donald
Amongst these we notice his stole and maniple and pectoral cross.The Cathedrals of Great Britain
P. H. Ditchfield
- (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
C16: from Medieval Latin manipulus (the Eucharistic vestment), from Latin, literally: a handful, from manus hand