Definition of manuscript
: written by hand or typed <manuscript letters>
Origin of manuscript
Latin manu scriptus
First Known Use: 1597
Simple Definition of manuscript
: the original copy of a play, book, piece of music, etc., before it has been printed
Full Definition of manuscript
1 : a written or typewritten composition or document as distinguished from a printed copy; also : a document submitted for publication
2 : writing as opposed to print
Examples of manuscript in a sentence
The library owns the author's original manuscript.
a copy of the composer's manuscript
First Known Use of manuscript
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Definition of manuscript for Students
1 : a document written by hand especially before the development of printing
2 : the original copy of a writer's work before it is printed
Word Root of manuscript
The Latin word scribere, meaning “to write,” and its form scriptus give us the roots scrib and script. Words from the Latin scribere have something to do with writing. To scribble is to write quickly or carelessly. To describe is to write or tell about something or someone. A manuscript is a document written by hand. To transcribe is to write down something spoken or copy something written.
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