man·​i·​ple ˈma-nə-pəl How to pronounce maniple (audio)
: a long narrow strip of silk formerly worn at mass over the left arm by clerics of or above the order of subdeacon
[Latin manipulus, from manipulus handful] : a subdivision of the Roman legion consisting of either 120 or 60 men

Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin manipulus, from Latin, handful, from manus hand + -pulus (perhaps akin to Latin plēre to fill); from its having been originally held in the hand — more at manual, full

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maniple was in the 15th century

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“Maniple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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