[man-suh-puh l] /ˈmæn sə pəl/

an officer or steward of a monastery, college, etc., authorized to purchase provisions.
a steward who buys provisions, esp in a college, Inn of Court, or monastery

“officer or servant who purchases provisions for a college, monastery, etc.,” early 13c., from Old French mancipe “servant, official, manciple,” from Latin mancipium “servant, slave, slave obtained by legal transfer; the legal purchase of a thing,” literally “a taking in hand,” from manus “hand” (see manual (adj.)) + root of capere “to take” (see capable).


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