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A steward or purchaser of provisions, as for a monastery or college.

[Middle English maunciple, from Old French manciple, bondsman, variant of mancipe, from Latin mancipium, servant, ownership by acquisition, from manceps, mancip-, contractor, dealer : manus, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]


(Professions) a steward who buys provisions, esp in a college, Inn of Court, or monastery
[C13: via Old French from Latin mancipium purchase, from manceps purchaser, from manus hand + capere to take]


(ˈmæn sə pəl)

a purveyor or steward, esp. of a monastery or college.
[1350–1400; < Middle French manciple « Medieval Latin mancipium, orig. ownership, derivative of manceps contractor, agent]
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heels were now armed, began to make the worthy Prior repent of his courtesy, and ejaculate, ``Nay, but fair sir, now I bethink me, my Malkin abideth not the spur Better it were that you tarry for the mare of our manciple down at the Grange, which may be had in little more than an hour, and cannot but be tractable, in respect that she draweth much of our winter fire-wood, and eateth no corn.
The Ellesmere miniatures, however, show girdles on the Parson and Chaucer, as well as on the Reeve, Manciple, Wife of Bath, Merchant, Squire, Canon's Yeoman, Second Nun, and Nun's Priest; on the other hand, the Man of Law's "ceint of silk" is omitted (see Edwin Piper, "The Miniatures of the Ellesmere Chaucer," Philological Quarterly 3 [1924]: 241-56).
There's even an operetta, conducted by the Manciple, in which Apollo brands his musical white crow with black feathers.
The Clerk, the Cook, the Parson and the Manciple are all part of which literary work?
De esta forma, cuando John dice: "Our Manciple I hope he wil be deed" (E 4029) (7), no hay deseo por parte del hablante, sino prediccion o suposicion.
the Manciple and Cook repeat but do not translate each other" (81); "Boccaccio's literary translation of rhetoric, by contrast, produces a circumstantial ethics .
Hutson of Manciple Street, Southwark, and Pink of Corporation Street, Stratford, London, both deny kidnap, conspiracy to supply class A drugs and two charges of possessing class A drugs.
An extensive discussion of the London of Chaucer's Cook frames an analysis of drynkyng and its attendant issues of social integration and individual rebellion, including the confrontation with the Manciple, whose Tale is critiqued in connection with Dante's and Boccaccio's source texts.
The Manciple is honest; he cheats in the measurement of grain at his mill.
The Manciple, an uneducated man who is shrewd enough to steal a great deal from the learned lawyers who hire him to look after their establishments.
In the Prologue, the Host and the Manciple tease the Cook for being drunk.
When I incorporate this tale into my Canterbury Tales course, it comes at about the mid-point in the Tales, since I start with the Manciple, the Second Nun, the Friar, the General Prologue, then turn to Fragment I and the Ellesmere ordering to do several more tales.