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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.]
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(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]
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(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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