1) The basket used by a *nuncius regis to hold bulky items. Later, a basket for hanaps or expensive plate. From this we have our picnic 'hamper'. -
2) *Chancery department into which were paid the fees for sealing charters; such fees were then paid into the *exchequer. -

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  • Hanaper — Hanaper, properly a case or basket to contain a hanap (O. Eng. kneels : cf. Dutch nap ), a drinking vessel, a goblet with a foot or stem; the term which is still used by antiquaries for medieval stemmed cups. The famous Royal Gold Cup in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Hanaper — Han a*per ( [.a]*p[ e]r), n. [LL. hanaperium a large vase, fr. hanapus vase, bowl, cup (whence F. hanap); of German origin; cf. OHG. hnapf, G. napf, akin to AS. hn[ae]p cup, bowl. Cf. {Hamper}, {Nappy}, n.] A kind of basket, usually of wickerwork …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hanaper — [han′ə pər] n. [ME haniper < OFr hanapier, a container for cups < hanap, a cup < Frank * hnap, a beaker (akin to Ger napf)] a small wicker container formerly used to hold official papers …   English World dictionary

  • Hanaper — Ha|na|per [ hɛnɛpɐ, engl. hænəpə] das; s, <aus engl. hanaper »Behälter zur Aufbewahrung von Dokumenten«> (veraltet) Schatzkammer, Staatskasse …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • hanaper — /han euh peuhr/, n. a wicker receptacle for documents. [1275 1325; ME hanypere < AF; MF hanapier case to hold a drinking vessel, deriv. of hanap goblet ( < Gmc *hnapp bowl; cf. OE hnaepp, OHG hnapf, ON hnappr, early ML anappus, hanappum); see… …   Universalium

  • hanaper — noun A kind of basket, usually of wickerwork, and adapted for the packing and carrying of articles; a hamper …   Wiktionary

  • hanaper — n. wicker container in which documents were stored …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hanaper — han·a·per …   English syllables

  • hanaper — /ˈhænəpə/ (say hanuhpuh) noun 1. a wicker receptacle for documents. 2. Obsolete a case used as a repository for treasure, money, valuables, etc. {Middle English hanypere, from Old French hanepier case for holding a goblet, from hanap goblet, of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • hanaper — /haenapar/ In old English law, a hamper or basket in which were kept the writs of the court of chancery relating to the business of a subject, and their returns; equivalent to the Roman fiscus. The fees accruing on writs, etc., were there kept …   Black's law dictionary

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