from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A steward or purchaser of provisions, as for a monastery or college.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person in charge of purchasing and storing food and other provisions in a monastery, college, or court of law.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A steward; a purveyor, particularly of a college or Inn of Court.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A steward; a caterer or purveyor, particularly of an English college or inn or court.
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-2 in Indo-European roots + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)