noun (1)
\ ˈskrīb How to pronounce scribe (audio) \

Definition of scribe

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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


verb (1)
scribed; scribing

Definition of scribe (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to work as a scribe : write


verb (2)
scribed; scribing

Definition of scribe (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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


noun (2)

Definition of scribe (Entry 4 of 4)

First Known Use of scribe

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1651, 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

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“Scribe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈskrīb How to pronounce scribe (audio) \

Kids Definition of scribe

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

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\ ˈskrēb How to pronounce Scribe (audio) \

Definition of Scribe

(Augustin-) Eugène 1791–1861 French dramatist


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