man·​u·​script | \ˈman-yə-ˌskript \

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

calligraphy, handwriting, longhand, penmanship, script

Antonyms: Noun

print, type, typewriting

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Examples of manuscript in a Sentence


The library owns the author's original manuscript. a copy of the composer's manuscript

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Department of Homeland Security and Homeland Security Investigations worked on the case after receiving a tip from a rare book and manuscript expert in 2011 that the one in the Vatican was a forgery. Madison Park, CNN, "Stolen Christopher Columbus letter to be returned to Vatican," 14 June 2018 Hurston’s manuscript languished for nearly nine decades. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018 The letter to the manuscript reviewer is not the first example of Page touting his relationship with Russia. Alana Abramson, Time, "Carter Page Touted Kremlin Contacts in 2013 Letter," 4 Feb. 2018 She and producing partner Michelle Purple became attached to the adaptation of Petra Hammesfahr's 1999 novel when the story was just in its manuscript stage. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jessica Biel on 'The Sinner' Season 2 and the "Satirical Puppet Series" She's Developing," 1 June 2018 In its wake an unfinished manuscript surfaces, describing a familiar-sounding family’s move to Paris in search of a missing parent and, on arrival, buying a bookstore. Joan Frank, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Paris by the Book,’ by Liam Callanan; ‘Nothing Forgotten,’ by Jessica Levine," 30 Apr. 2018 The manuscript collection includes letters and journals from such notables as Florence Nightingale, Christian Bergmann and Thomas Guy. Atlas Obscura, RedEye Chicago, "Explore Chicago: Visit the International Museum of Surgical Science," 17 Apr. 2018 Colonial-era manuscripts depict a skull rack at Templo Mayor, but this is the first bone-a fide evidence. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "The Great Aztec Temple," 23 Mar. 2018 Scientists can edit human DNA the way an editor corrects a bad manuscript, snipping out the inferior sections and replacing them with strong, beneficial genes. Jules Julien, Smithsonian, "What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?," 21 Mar. 2018

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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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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 \

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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