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

calligraphy, handwriting, longhand, penmanship, script

Antonyms: Noun

print, type, typewriting

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Examples of manuscript in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The winning writer will also receive an opportunity to present their manuscript at a fall reading of select authors. Necee Regis,, "Here, there, and everywhere," 20 Aug. 2019 Bradford noted in his manuscript that the pilgrims of Plymouth had enjoyed an especially good harvest in the fall of 1621. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving—and Why Does It Fall on a Thursday?," 12 Aug. 2019 The person in question submitted her manuscript to Humphrey Evans (the agent who discovered V.C. Andrews). Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story of How V.C. Andrews’ Casteel Family Saga Came to Be," 27 July 2019 Her manuscript is due in April with publication a year later. Phil Rosenthal,, "WSCR-AM’s Julie DiCaro is still standing up to online bullies: ‘It feels good to let off a little steam’," 22 July 2019 But a third fragment doesn't seem to match any of the other known manuscripts, leading to a greater mystery. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Blank Dead Sea Scroll fragments are actually covered with invisible text | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Hatchwell gave the pope a copy of the Alba Bible, a manuscript from 1422 of a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Castilian, or Medieval Spanish, by Rabbi Moses Arrajel of Toledo., "Cameras banned from Israeli polling stations in decision targeting Likud," 27 Aug. 2019 Bradford's manuscript with the actual accounts of that first Thanksgiving had yet to be published, so there was little public interest in the entire thing. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving—and Why Does It Fall on a Thursday?," 12 Aug. 2019 There have been plenty of theories about the manuscript and claims to have cracked its cryptic writing. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "Voynich Manuscript: Did Bay Area researchers decipher mysterious medieval book?," 12 July 2019

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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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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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