man·​ci·​ple ˈman(t)-sə-pəl How to pronounce manciple (audio)
: a steward or purveyor especially for a college or monastery

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin mancipium office of steward, from Latin, act of purchase, from mancip-, manceps purchaser — more at emancipate

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manciple was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Manciple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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