manuscript

1 of 2

adjective

man·​u·​script ˈman-yə-ˌskript How to pronounce manuscript (audio)
: written by hand or typed
manuscript letters
manuscript poems

manuscript

2 of 2

noun

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

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
Details are in a manuscript form and have been submitted for publication. Charlotte Observer, 1 Apr. 2024 Byron Janis, an American pianist renowned for his commanding performances of the Romantic repertory and for his discovery of manuscript copies of two Chopin waltzes, died on Thursday in Manhattan. Allan Kozinn, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2024 Early features, like the manuscript preview and BookLife prize, were dismissed at the time. Christopher Null, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 There were two pages of notes, and two more of instructions on manuscript paper. Joshua Barone, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 The first is a manuscript fragment from The Scarlet Letter, hand-copied by Hawthorne as a memento for an unnamed friend after the novel was published. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 May 2023 Sikander’s anti-nostalgic relationship to the manuscript tradition allows her to both advance and deconstruct its idioms. Naib Mian, The New Yorker, 1 June 2022 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
Noun
Other recent investigations include recovering artifacts stolen from Okinawa, Japan at the end of World War II, according to the FBI’s website, returning a 16th-century manuscript to Peru, and another fraudster in Massachusetts who sold counterfeit Andy Warhol paintings, also on eBay. Michael Loria, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2024 On Tuesday, Haiti’s National Library, Bibliothèque Nationale, which holds rare historical books and manuscripts, issued an SOS as armed gunmen surrounded the building for a second day. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 2 Apr. 2024 Completed in 1709, the library was largely unchanged until a few years ago, when conservators conducted an extensive effort to restore the room and clean its books and manuscripts. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 Scholars came to him from all over our region seeking knowledge of the important manuscripts that were omitted from the modern Bible. Mohammed Naseehu Ali, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Don't worry though, Sampson reassures us the other manuscripts are fun as well. Sari Hitchins, Parents, 15 Mar. 2024 Arguments in the case centered on whether the manuscripts were stolen before Kosinski, Horowitz and Inciardi obtained them. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 The three men are collectors or dealers who had come into possession of the manuscripts for 1970s Eagles songs and had arranged for them to be sold at auction. Chris Willman, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 Related article Darwin manuscript page sells for $250,000 English Heritage suggests that these linguistic struggles, as well as the fact that political economy was not Darwin’s area of interest, may explain the fact that the book was left largely unread. Jack Guy, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin manu scriptus

First Known Use

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of manuscript was in 1571

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“Manuscript.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/manuscript. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

manuscript

1 of 2 adjective
manu·​script
ˈman-yə-ˌskript
: written by hand or typed
manuscript letters

manuscript

2 of 2 noun
1
: a written or typewritten composition or document
2
: writing as opposed to print

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