Alternative formsEdit

  • maniple [Middle English–present day]; manyple [Middle English & 16th C.]; manaple [Middle English & 17th C.]; mainipul, manypule [16th C.]; manipil (Scots, [16th C.]); manipul [17th C.]; manipule [17th–18th CC.]; manuple [17th & 19th CC.]


From the Middle English maniple, manyple, manaple, from the Old French maniple, manipule (manipule in Modern French), from the Latin manipulus (handful”, “troop of soldiers), from manus (hand) + the weakened root of pleō (I fill).



maniple (plural maniples)

  1. (rare) A handful.
  2. A division of the Roman army numbering 60 or 120 men exclusive of officers, any small body of soldiers; a company.
  3. Originally, a napkin; later, an ornamental band or scarf worn upon the left arm as a part of the vestments of a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, and sometimes worn in the English Church service.

Derived termsEdit

  • Maniple of the Curates

Related termsEdit


See alsoEdit

  • Maniple (military unit) — Wikipedia
  • Maniple (vestment) — Wikipedia


Last modified on 13 February 2014, at 13:40