Definition of manciple in English:



mainly archaic
  • An officer who buys provisions for a college, monastery, or other institution.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    major-domo, seneschal, manciple



/ˈmansəpəl/ /ˈmænsəpəl/


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