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

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: Adjective 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lawrence was also reportedly inspired by the manuscript for E.M. Forster's Maurice, a tragic and semi-autobiographical love story about a gay couple. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 7 Sep. 2022 But the finished manuscript is lost at sea on the way back to Cambridge, Mass., shattering its author’s hopes and his family’s prospects. Daniel Akst, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 Next month, the manuscript will finally return to the Kosinitza Monastery, reports the Times. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Aug. 2022 Nicole Brown, a researcher for the College of William & Mary and Colonial Williamsburg, recently came across an unpublished manuscript written by the daughter of Ambler about life during the Revolution. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 Wilding questioned the manuscript's watermark and provenance and shared serious doubts about its authenticity. Claudia Dominguez, CNN, 24 Aug. 2022 The University of Michigan library acquired the manuscript in 1938 as a bequest from a Detroit businessman named Tracy McGregor. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 19 Aug. 2022 The original manuscript of one such talk on Kafka survives and can today be read in toto. Cynthia Ozick, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 Deborah Watts, a cousin of Emmett's who heads the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation, told the AP the manuscript provides new evidence that should lead to criminal charges against Donham. Chris Harris,, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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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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