Manciple definition

mănsə-pəl
A steward or purchaser of provisions, as for a monastery or college.
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A steward or buyer of provisions, as for an English college, a monastery, etc.
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A person in charge of purchasing and storing food and other provisions in a monastery, college, or court of law.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
manciple
Plural:
manciples

Origin of manciple

  • Middle English maunciple from Old French manciple bondsman variant of mancipe from Latin mancipium servant, ownership by acquisition from manceps mancip- contractor, dealer manus hand man-2 in Indo-European roots capere to take kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition