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 If the crowd was unsatisfied, the manuscript changed; these new spectators were also collaborators. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "How Are Audiences Adapting to the Age of Virtual Theatre?," 5 Oct. 2020 As long as the manuscript was approved before actual publication, the U.S. Government was satisfied. Washington Post, "Judge rejects John Bolton bid to dismiss government lawsuit seeking book proceeds," 1 Oct. 2020 The government has argued that Bolton endangered national security by publishing the book without completing a review process to scrub classified information from the manuscript. David Yaffe-bellany,, "Bolton Denies Wrongdoing Amid Reports of Criminal Probe of Book," 15 Sep. 2020 Brown then reworked the manuscript with editors at University of Minnesota Press. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Bassist BrownMark's life with Prince & the Revolution detailed in new memoir," 10 Sep. 2020 Believed to have originated sometime between 1404 and 1438, the manuscript is filled with mysterious illustrations and diagrams that appear to depict unusual plants, and women with swollen bellies bathing in green pools, among other things. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: A stunning world," 5 Sep. 2020 Sanderson wrote thousands of pages of manuscript chronicling his travels, none of which were ever published. Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, "Life on the Road Is More Than Inspiration for Your Novel," 27 Aug. 2020 The manuscript comes back, rejected, producing a moment of incredible vulnerability in Joe’s story. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "Héctor Tobar’s Radical Road Trip Novel," 25 Aug. 2020 The Times obtained the manuscript from the university. Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times, "First Documented Coronavirus Reinfection Reported in Hong Kong," 24 Aug. 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 22 Oct. 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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