From Spanish manilla (“bracelet”), from Catalan manilla (“bracelet, armring”); partly from Latin monīle (“a necklace, collar”), from Proto-Indo-European *mony- (“withers, crest, mane”); and partly from Frankish *mānili (“moon-shaped ornament”), from *māno (“moon”), from Proto-Germanic *mēnô (“moon”), from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s (“moon, month”), related to Old High German mânili (“moon-shaped ornament”). More at mane, moon.
manilla (plural manillas)
- A penannular armlet, mostly in bronze, copper or gold, which served as a form of money or barter coinage amongst certain West African peoples.
manilla f (plural manilles)
- Adessive singular form of mani.
From mano + -illa, or more likely borrowed from Catalan manilla, itself a derivative of mà or from Vulgar Latin *manicla < Latin manicula, whence the inherited Spanish manija. Compare English manacle.
manilla f (plural manillas)