Definition of manciple in English:


Line breaks: man|ciple
Pronunciation: /ˈmansɪp(ə)l


chiefly • archaic
  • A person in charge of buying provisions for a college, an Inn of Court, or a monastery.
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    • Actually, university employees, such as manciples, were a more likely source of disorder.
    • A manciple was in charge of getting provisions for a college or court.
    • The miller's pseudo-aristocratic pride, founded on the worship of the notion of his wife's high status due to her descent from a parish priest, also offends the church, as well as clerks, wives and women in general, and perhaps even manciples.


Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French and Old French from Latin mancipium 'purchase', from manceps 'buyer', from manus 'hand' + capere 'take'.

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