A manciple (pronounced /ˈmænsɨpəl/, US dict: măn′·sə·pəl) is a person in charge of the purchase and storage of food at an institution such as a college, monastery, or court of law. Manciples were sometimes also in charge of catering more generally, including food preparation. The title still survives in some Oxford and Cambridge colleges, at the Charterhouse in the City of London, and in the name of Manciple Street in the borough of Southwark, London SE1.

The term comes from Middle English "maunciple", taken from Old French, which in turn comes from the Latin "mancipium", "manceps", a purchaser of stores.

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  • manciple — (n.) officer or servant who purchases provisions for a college, monastery, etc., early 13c., from O.Fr. mancipe servant, official, manciple, from L. mancipium servant, slave, slave obtained by legal transfer; the legal purchase of a thing, lit. a …   Etymology dictionary

  • manciple — [man′sə pəl] n. [ME < OFr manciple, mancipe < ML mancipium, office of a purchaser < L, legal purchase, possession < manceps, buyer, contractor < manus, a hand + base of capere, to take: see MANUAL & HAVE] a steward or buyer of… …   English World dictionary

  • Manciple — Man ci*ple, n. [From OF. mancipe slave, servant (with l inserted, as in participle), fr. L. mancipium. See {Mancipate}.] A steward; a purveyor, particularly of a college or Inn of Court. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • manciple — /man seuh peuhl/, n. an officer or steward of a monastery, college, etc., authorized to purchase provisions. [1150 1200 in sense slave ; ME < MF manciple, var. of mancipe < ML mancipium, L: a possession, slave, orig., ownership, equiv. to mancip …   Universalium

  • manciple — man•ci•ple [[t]ˈmæn sə pəl[/t]] n. a purveyor or steward, esp. of a monastery or college • Etymology: 1350–1400; < MF manciple « ML mancipium, orig. ownership, der. of manceps contractor, agent …   From formal English to slang

  • manciple — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin mancipium office of steward, from Latin, act of purchase, from mancip , manceps purchaser more at emancipate Date: 13th century a steward or purveyor especially for a college… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • manciple — noun The person who purchased and managed the storage of food and other provisions in a monastery, college or law court …   Wiktionary

  • Manciple — The steward of a community of lawyers, their chambers; the servant of a college or monastery responsible for its provisioning. [< Lat. manceps = an agent] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • manciple — see EMANCIPATE …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • manciple — steward of a college or monastery; purveyor Ecclesiastical Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

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