manuscript

adjective
man·​u·​script | \ ˈman-yə-ˌskript \

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

Indeed, Islamic manuscripts are among Yemen’s greatest historical treasures. Christian C. Sahner, WSJ, "Yemen’s Threatened Cultural Heritage," 25 Dec. 2018 SP Books is publishing a facsimile of the original manuscript for Picture of Dorian Gray. Constance Grady, Vox, "Russian publishers are deleting queer characters from books," 10 Nov. 2018 Experts are not sure exactly what happened to the Lyghfield Bible but note that the volume was recently purchased for $129,416 from a private seller at a specialist sale of manuscripts in London. James Rogers, Fox News, "Extremely rare medieval bible that 'bears witness' to Christian history re-discovered," 6 Aug. 2018 Because Bradford's manuscript with the actual accounts of that first Thanksgiving had yet to be published, there was little public interest in the holiday. Marissa Gold, Country Living, "Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving on the Fourth Thursday of November," 15 Nov. 2016 But pressure is building — via the rise of academic paper pirating, and the increasing availability of pre-publication manuscripts — for publishers to change their business model. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Europe has a plan to force academic publishers to make research free to read," 24 Sep. 2018 The Italian papyrus expert had worked with a collection of papyrus texts from the Archdiocese of Ravenna, which included several of Galen’s manuscripts that had been re-used and written over in medieval times. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "After 500 years, a UV lamp solves the mystery of the Basel Papyrus," 19 July 2018 Each one contained Xeroxes of a few pages of manuscript paper containing both music and speaking parts. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, "Category-defying music, left-wing stance in composer’s provocative piece," 6 June 2018 Now, the online manuscript runs with an editor’s note at the bottom, stating: Readers are alerted that the conclusions of this paper are subject to criticisms that are being considered by the editors. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Bogus homeopathy data published in top journal sparks outcry, facepalms," 10 Oct. 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 \

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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