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scrivener

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noun scriv·en·er \ˈskriv-nər, ˈskri-və-\

Definition of scrivener

  1. 1 :  a professional or public copyist or writer :  scribe

  2. 2 :  notary public



Examples of scrivener

  1. <the roomful of unsung scriveners that it takes to churn out a weekly sitcom>

  2. <the details of the contract were worked out by a lawyer, I being involved with it merely as a scrivener>



Origin of scrivener

Middle English scriveiner, alteration of scrivein, from Anglo-French escrivein, from Vulgar Latin *scriban-, scriba, alteration of Latin scriba scribe


First Known Use: 14th century


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