manciple

manciple

[man-suh-puhl]
noun
an officer or steward of a monastery, college, etc., authorized to purchase provisions.

Origin:
1150–1200 in sense “slave”; Middle English < Middle French manciple, variant of mancipe < Medieval Latin mancipium, Latin: a possession, slave, orig., ownership, equivalent to mancip-, stem of manceps contractor, agent (man(us) hand + -cep-, combining form of capere to take (see concept) + -s nominative singular ending) + -ium -ium

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manciple (ˈmænsɪpəl)
 
n
a steward who buys provisions, esp in a college, Inn of Court, or monastery
 
[C13: via Old French from Latin mancipium purchase, from manceps purchaser, from manus hand + capere to take]

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manciple
"officer or servant who purchases provisions for a college, monastery, etc.," early 13c., from L. mancipium, from manus "hand" (see manual) + root of capere "to take" (see capable).
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