(măn'sə-pəl) is a person in charge of the purchase and storage of food at an institution such as a college
, or court of law
. Manciples were sometimes also in charge of catering more generally, including food preparation. The title still survives in some Oxford
colleges, at the Charterhouse
in the City of London, and in the name of Manciple Street in the borough of Southwark
The term comes from Middle English "maunciple", taken from Old French, which in turn comes from the Latin "mancipium", "manceps", a purchaser of stores.