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-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + capere, to take; see kap- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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