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[man-suh-puh l] /ˈmæn sə pəl/
an officer or steward of a monastery, college, etc., authorized to purchase provisions.
Origin of manciple
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 Unabridged
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a steward who buys provisions, esp in a college, Inn of Court, or monastery
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C13: via Old French from Latin mancipium purchase, from manceps purchaser, from manus hand + capere to take
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Word Origin and History for manciple

"officer or servant who purchases provisions for a college, monastery, etc.," early 13c., from Old French mancipe "servant, official, manciple," from Latin mancipium "servant, slave, slave obtained by legal transfer; the legal purchase of a thing," literally "a taking in hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + root of capere "to take" (see capable).

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