manuscript

adjective
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

manuscript

noun

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

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But a manuscript copy of the book was discovered by Goethe, who admired it and translated it into German in 1805. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 The museum caption says that the page is taken from a manuscript on music, and that the painting evokes the mood of a melody. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 Flexner sorted the women by period and geographic region and then cross-referenced that with existing culinary manuscripts from each of those periods and regions. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, "What Did Historical Feminist Icons Eat for Dinner?," 30 July 2018 Literary history was made on Tuesday with the publication of Zora Neale Hurston’s 87-year-old manuscript, Barracoon, the real-life account of Cudjo Lewis, the last living survivor of the last American slave ship. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Zora Neale Hurston's Book About the Slave Trade's Last Survivor Is Finally Released After 87 Years," 8 May 2018 The museum is dedicated entirely to 19th-century German and Austrian art and design, with a collection that spans paintings, furniture, sculpture, photography, and manuscripts. John Wogan, Condé Nast Traveler, "25 Best Museums in New York City," 27 Feb. 2018 Many of the paintings, including our little manuscript page, give lie to the assertion that the concept of romantic love came to India with the British. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 Also at Atlas Obscura, here is a medieval book that opens up six different ways to reveal six different manuscripts. Constance Grady, Vox, "How Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s iconic cover came together," 27 Oct. 2018 The arXiv, which hosts manuscripts that may be submitted for peer review, is not. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "“Random” noise pours cold water on room-temperature superconductivity," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of manuscript

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for manuscript

Adjective

Latin manu scriptus

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The first known use of manuscript was in 1571

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manuscript

noun

English Language Learners Definition of manuscript

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

manuscript

noun
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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