Definition of manacle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmænəkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænəkl//
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[usually plural] one of two metal bands joined by a chain, used for fastening a prisoner’s ankles or wrists together Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French manicle ‘handcuff’, from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus ‘hand’.
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