man·​u·​script | \ ˈman-yə-ˌskript How to pronounce manuscript (audio) \

Definition of manuscript

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: written by hand or typed manuscript letters manuscript poems



Definition of manuscript (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a written or typewritten composition or document as distinguished from a printed copy also : a document submitted for publication The library owns the author's original manuscript.
2 : writing as opposed to print

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Synonyms & Antonyms for manuscript

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of manuscript in a Sentence

Noun The library owns the author's original manuscript. a copy of the composer's manuscript
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That bucolic vision was disrupted when the university president, aware of Stewart’s knowledge of early Christian sites in the Middle East, asked him to take on a manuscript preservation project for the Orthodox Christian church in northern Lebanon. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With a killer title and 50 pages of a manuscript, Weisberger's book was optioned by Fox 2000 in 2002, and work on the film began before the novel was published. Joey Nolfi,, 14 June 2021 The volume contains a seventy-five-page manuscript from 1908, long rumored to exist but discovered only recently, in the private files of the publisher Bernard de Fallois. Marcel Proust, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Putting a performance together requires the kinds of creativity needed to realize a jazz chart or a medieval manuscript. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021 In fact it was recorded in the Kitab Tib, A Malay medical manuscript that was translated to English in 1886 that Indian Hemp was used to treat various illnesses as far back as the 1800s. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, 15 June 2021 UMass Amherst professor Rosenberg’s debut novel, which follows a scholar who discovers a manuscript about an 18th-century transgender jailbreaker, is enchanting, smart, and most of all, a whole lot of fun., 14 June 2021 The fight continues at dinner, reaching an apex when C.W. snoops in Peter’s desk and finds a manuscript of the 20th Hammerfall book. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 11 June 2021 Highlights, which will be exhibited at Sotheby’s in New York from June 5 to 9, include a handwritten manuscript of Emily Brontë’s poems, with pencil edits by Charlotte. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 25 May 2021 For and after Vivian Springford, from a manuscript in progress. Ishmael Reed, Harpers Magazine, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of manuscript


1597, in the meaning defined above


1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manuscript


Latin manu scriptus

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The first known use of manuscript was in 1571

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“Manuscript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of manuscript

: the original copy of a play, book, piece of music, etc., before it has been printed


man·​u·​script | \ ˈman-yə-ˌskript How to pronounce manuscript (audio) \

Kids Definition of manuscript

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

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