One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person in charge of buying provisions for a college, an Inn of Court, or a monastery.
major-domo, seneschalView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Actually, university employees, such as manciples, were a more likely source of disorder.’
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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