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[man-uh-puh l]
  1. (in ancient Rome) a subdivision of a legion, consisting of 60 or 120 men.
  2. Ecclesiastical. one of the Eucharistic vestments, consisting of an ornamental band or strip worn on the left arm near the wrist.
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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

Historical Examples

  • Among the most interesting of the finds were a stole and maniple.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham

    J. E. Bygate

  • There stood the centurion at the head of his maniple, and raised his staff.

  • Others brought a cope of the colour of the day, with an amice, stole, and maniple.

  • The chasuble, maniple, and stole were all of the same material and colour.

  • Amongst these we notice his stole and maniple and pectoral cross.

British Dictionary definitions for maniple


  1. (in ancient Rome) a unit of 120 to 200 foot soldiers
  2. Christianity an ornamental band formerly worn on the left arm by the celebrant at the Eucharist
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Word Origin

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