Definition of manciple in English:

manciple

noun

archaic
  • A person in charge of buying provisions for a college, an Inn of Court, or a monastery.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite his lack of education, this Manciple is smarter than the thirty lawyers he feeds.’
    • ‘The manciple accuses the cook of being drunk, and the cook falls off his horse after giving the Manciple a dirty look.’
    • ‘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.’
    major-domo, seneschal, manciple
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

manciple

/ˈmansɪp(ə)l/