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

Hadid recalls two pieces in particular that shaped his love of jewelry, including one belonging to his sister Bella, a necklace that had angels, two swords, and manuscripts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Anwar Hadid Wants Everyone to Wear His Unisex Jewelry Label," 8 Apr. 2019 When the manuscript was finally ready, Ms. Athill traveled to the English village of Cheriton Fitzpaine to collect it from Ms. Rhys in an unheated shack. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Diana Athill, Crushed by an Early Love Affair, Rewrote Herself a Happier Ending," 21 Feb. 2019 The floors are covered in rose, white, and grey marble tiles, and the stacks are filled with ancient manuscripts. Julie H. Case, Smithsonian, "These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Way," 7 June 2018 These biblical manuscript fragments will be used of God to bring many young people to Christ.... Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "The Messiah Cometh: Hobby Lobby's Museum of the Bible Descends on the Nation's Capital," 7 Apr. 2016 The Zaydis who produced these manuscripts belong to a sect that forms about 35% of Yemen’s population. Christian C. Sahner, WSJ, "Yemen’s Threatened Cultural Heritage," 25 Dec. 2018 In addition to music, the Neil Young Archives includes an interactive timeline of Mr. Young’s career, lyrics, dated manuscripts and setlists, photos and news-style articles. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Neil Young Launches Subscription Streaming Service," 20 Dec. 2018 Based on Sinclair's first-hand reporting of the dreadful conditions at meat-packing plants, the details in the manuscript were so shocking that his initial publisher, MacMillan, refused to publish it and dumped him as a client. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We have food safety laws thanks to 19th century “poison squad”," 26 Nov. 2018 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

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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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