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Definition of the noun Maniple

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noun - 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.


  1. Maniple was a tactical unit of the Roman legion adopted from the Samnites during the Samnite Wars. It was also the name of the military insignia carried by such unit.
  2. The maniple is a liturgical vestment used primarily within the Catholic Church, and occasionally used by some Anglo-Catholic and Lutheran clergy. It is an embroidered band of silk or similar fabric that when worn hangs from the left arm. It is only used within the context of the Mass, and it is of the same liturgical colour as the other Mass vestments.

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Google previewA Companion to the Book of Common Prayer (1864)

The» maniple is a kind of diminutive stole, worn round the left. wrist. The tunicle is a loose robe, with sleeves partly'open at the sides; it should be made of costly material, embroidered, and from the shoulders, before and behind, should be ...

Google previewThe Sacramental Church (2011)

The Story of Anglo-Catholicism by John F. Nash

A maniple is a band of cloth worn over the left forearm, symbolizing a servant's towel. A few priests began wearing birettas—the square, black hats ...

Google previewVestments for All Seasons (2002)

by Barbara Dee Baumgarten

Maniple The nearly obsolete maniple is a small edition of the stole worn over the left forearm. It replaced the basic function of the stole when the stole became too ornate for its utilitarian purpose. The maniple began as a plain white linen ...

Google previewA Catholic Dictionary (1961)

by William E. Addis, Aeterna Press

is the maniple; hantfan or hantvan being the translation of manipulus or manipula in ...

Google previewA Cyclopaedia of Costume Or Dictionary of Dress, Including Notices of Contemporaneous Fashions on the Continent: The dictionary (1876)

by James Robinson Planché

says, "The etymology of this appellation of the sacred vestment, termed also the ' maniple,' is uncertain. The Latin pannus has been suggested ; the German Fahurt or the Anglo-Saxon word of the like signification, ' fana, vexillnm.

Google previewLexicon Urthus, Second Edition (2008)

by Michael Andre-Driussi

maniple “they seemed the regular tread of a man of purpose, such a one as might, perhaps, command a ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2006)

by Elizabeth Knowles

maniple In the Western Church, a vestment formerly worn by a priest celebrating the Eucharist, consisting of a strip hanging from the left arm. The maniple is generally thought to derive from the folded napkin ...

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church by Charles George Herbermann

The vestments of the priest are the amice, alb, cincture, maniple, stole, chasuble-vestments which the priest wears ...

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Adeptus Mechanicus Maniple

Converted Adeptus Mechanicus Heavy Skitarii / Praetorians / Protectors.

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Scrabble value of M3A1N1I1P3L1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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