- a subdivision of the ancient Roman legion; one third of a cohort, consisting of either 60 or 120 men
Origin of manipleME manaple < MFr < ML(Ec) manipulus < L a small cloth band formerly worn hanging from the left forearm by the celebrant of a Mass
Origin of manipleClassical Latin manipulus, origin, originally , a handful, bundle ; from manus, a hand (see manual) + base of plere, to fill: from use of bundles of hay as standards of the maniples
- An ornamental silk band hung as an ecclesiastical vestment on the left arm near the wrist.
- A subdivision of an ancient Roman legion, containing 60 or 120 men.
Origin of manipleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin manipulus, handful : manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + -pulus, perhaps -ful; see pel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- (rare) A handful.
- A division of the Roman army numbering 60 or 120 men exclusive of officers, any small body of soldiers; a company.
- Originally, a napkin; later, an ornamental band or scarf worn upon the left arm as a part of the vestments of a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, and sometimes worn in the English Church service.