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 Who might get assigned to review my manuscript— someone with a sympathetic ear or someone who thought my research was so much hogwash? Maria Konnikova, Wired, "Poker and the Psychology of Uncertainty," 23 June 2020 According to his publisher, Simon & Schuster, the former national security adviser spent months revising his manuscript at the request of the White House. Josh Dawsey,, "Justice Department seeks court order to block release of book by former national security adviser John Bolton," 16 June 2020 Former national security adviser John Bolton's book manuscript has piqued the interest of Joe Biden, who mentioned it today at a campaign stop in Fort Madison, Iowa, CBS News campaign reporter Bo Erickson noted. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Candidates make final pitches before Iowa caucuses," 31 Jan. 2020 The collection features more than 30 poems, and the hardcover edition will feature Del Rey's typewritten manuscript pages alongside her original photography. Lauren Huff,, "Lana Del Rey's poetry book and spoken word album get release dates," 9 July 2020 Shriver’s friend and law partner David Birenbaum edited the manuscript, in which Shriver tells of his efforts to fulfill Johnson’s vow in 1964 to end poverty. Washington Post, "Posthumous memoir by Sargent Shriver scheduled for January," 7 July 2020 In the paper’s funding disclosure, the authors note that Procter & Gamble provided funding, but did not have any say in the study’s design, data collection and analysis, or preparation of the manuscript. Matt Simon, Wired, "Who's to Blame for Plastic Microfiber Pollution?," 22 June 2020 The manuscript with the preliminary data from the clinical trials, which were launched in April and May, is under peer review for publication in a scientific journal, BioNTech said. NBC News, "COVID-19 vaccine: Pfizer vaccine shows potential in early human trials," 1 July 2020 Bill met Paul Elie, who edited the book’s manuscript, for lunch on a similarly sweltering day in in New York. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, "Appreciation: Coming of age in a profession under one of its greats, William Gildea," 25 June 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 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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