scribe

noun (1)
\ˈskrīb \

Definition of scribe 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 : a member of a learned class in ancient Israel through New Testament times studying the Scriptures and serving as copyists, editors, teachers, and jurists

2a : an official or public secretary or clerk

b : a copier of manuscripts

3 : writer specifically : journalist

scribe

verb (1)
scribed; scribing

Definition of scribe (Entry 2 of 5)

intransitive verb

: to work as a scribe : write

scribe

verb (2)
scribed; scribing

Definition of scribe (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to mark a line on by cutting or scratching with a pointed instrument

2 : to make by cutting or scratching

scribe

noun (2)

Definition of scribe (Entry 4 of 5)

Scribe

biographical name
\ˈskrēb \

Definition of Scribe (Entry 5 of 5)

(Augustin-) Eugène 1791–1861 French dramatist

First Known Use of scribe

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1782, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scribe

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Latin scriba official writer, from scribere to write; akin to Greek skariphasthai to scratch an outline

Verb (2)

probably short for describe

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scribe

Statistics for scribe

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for scribe

The first known use of scribe was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for scribe

scribe

noun
\ˈskrīb \

Kids Definition of scribe

: a person who copies writing (as in a book)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on scribe

What made you want to look up scribe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!