• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hanaper A kind of basket, usually of wickerwork, and adapted for the packing and carrying of articles; a hamper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hanaper Same as hamper, 1.
    • n hanaper Same as hanap, 1.
    • n hanaper A receptacle for documents or valuable articles, formerly used in England. It was often made of wickerwork, and sometimes covered with leather.
    • n hanaper [capitalized] An office (in full, the Hanaper Office) of the English Court of Chancery, from which various writs were formerly sent out. So called because all writs regarding the public were once kept in a hanaper (in hanaperio), and those concerning the crown in a little sack or bag. Also called Hamper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hanaper an old name for a receptacle for treasure, paper, &c., long the name of an office in the Court of Chancery
    • n Hanaper . See Hamper
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. hanaperium, a large vase, fr. hanapus, vase, bowl, cup (whence F. hanap,); of German origin; cf. OHG. hnapf, G. napf, akin to AS. hnæp, cup, bowl. Cf. Hamper Nappy (n.)


In literature:

His were steady enough as he took the hanap and drank off the water at a gulp.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
He deserted Repeal to support the Government and was rewarded with the post of Clerk of the Hanaper.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
The name Hamper is a contraction of hanapier, a maker of hanaps, i.e.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
One quarter of hanaps, 12 pence.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
He denied that he was party to the attempt, and paid the necessary fee to the Hanaper for his pardon.
"William de Colchester" by Ernest Harold Pearce
Hales is often confused with another John Hales, who was clerk of the hanaper under Henry VIII.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
There was the Hanap, a cup raised on a stem, with or without a cover.
"Nooks and Corners of English Life, Past and Present" by John Timbs