- 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, borrowed from 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)
- (rare) A handful.
- (historical) A division of the Roman army numbering 60 or 120 men exclusive of officers, any small body of soldiers; a company.
- 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.