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: Noun This coffee table book catalogues 150 of the artifacts on display in exhibitions set up to commemorate the film, and features extras like original artwork and manuscript drafts. Jessica Migala, NBC News, "10 coffee table books about movies, TV and music to shop 2020," 3 Jan. 2020 But after his death, Lampedusa’s manuscript was championed by the novelist Giorgio Bassani, author of In the Garden of the Finzi-Continis, who shepherded it through publication and to immediate and international success. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Oldest Money: Inside Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's Sicilian Palazzo," 10 Dec. 2019 It's told through memories: drafted manuscript pages scratched on a legal pad, photos, handwritten lyrics, doodles, cartoons, quotes from newspaper articles. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Prince memoir 'The Beautiful Ones' offers a glimpse inside the mind of a musical genius," 27 Oct. 2019 The oldest, nearly complete copy dates to the 5th century and most substantial manuscript fragments come from no earlier than the 3rd century. al, "Oxford professor allegedly sold ancient, stolen Bible artifacts to Hobby Lobby," 15 Oct. 2019 The technique also allowed the researchers to correct some sections of Philodemus’s manuscript that had been wrongly interpreted. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Hidden writing revealed on ancient scroll buried in same ash as Pompeii," 4 Oct. 2019 The books and illuminated manuscript pages on view lure you in for a close look at their gemlike illustrations, finely rendered in luminous tones of blue, red and yellow-green. Steven Litt,, "‘Medieval Monsters’ exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art surveys images used to inspire fear, hatred and wonder," 1 Sep. 2019 The collection now holds more than 20,000 items, including original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Dr. Seuss book featured next week at UCSD," 30 Aug. 2019 In addition, proteins can reveal new information about artifacts made of plant and animal materials, and researchers hope this year to analyze parchment manuscripts and the beeswax once used to seal documents. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "The science stories likely to make headlines in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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to assert without proof or before proving

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