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manuscript

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adjective man·u·script \ ˈman-yə-ˌskript \

Definition of manuscript

:written by hand or typed
  • manuscript letters
  • manuscript poems

Origin and Etymology of manuscript

Latin manu scriptus

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manuscript

noun

Definition of manuscript

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

  1. The library owns the author's original manuscript.

  2. a copy of the composer's manuscript

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First Known Use of manuscript

1571

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MANUSCRIPT Defined for English Language Learners

manuscript

noun

Definition of manuscript for English Language Learners

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


MANUSCRIPT Defined for Kids

manuscript

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noun man·u·script \ ˈman-yə-ˌskript \

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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