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maniple Line breaks: man|iple
Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪp(ə)l/

Definition of maniple in English:


1A subdivision of a Roman legion, containing either 120 or 60 men.
Example sentences
  • A Roman tribune gathered twenty maniples from the rear lines of the Roman right wing and led them in an attack on the flank of the Macedonian right.
  • But it was here that Scipio's preparation in lining up his troops in separate maniples bore fruit.
  • A battle-ravaged legion could have only two maniples, a hastily reorganised one could have ten.
2(In the Christian church) a vestment formerly worn by a priest celebrating the Eucharist, consisting of a strip hanging from the left arm.
Example sentences
  • They go from the chasuble, wide stole, and maniple of his early priesthood to a succession of increasingly simple garments until they arrive at an academic gown.
  • Worn since the 6th century by Priests and Deacons in Ravenna, the maniple was incorporated throughout Wesern Europe within 400 years.
  • The baptism is being conducted by an adult, a robed figure with a halo and a maniple, presumably John the Baptist.


sense 1.
Example sentences
  • By the late 4th and early 3rd centuries BC, the army began to assume the familiar form of the manipular legion.
  • Ilipa would have to be the best battle to see the flexibility of the manipular formation in action.
  • The three-line battle system, known generally as manipular warfare, required considerable training and effective leadership by officers to work.


Late Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French maniple, from Latin manipulus 'handful, troop', from manus 'hand' + the base of plere 'fill'.

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