scrip·​to·​ri·​um | \ skrip-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce scriptorium (audio) \
plural scriptoria\ skrip-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce scriptoria (audio) \

Definition of scriptorium

: a copying room for scribes especially in a medieval monastery

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Recent Examples on the Web It was created by scribes in a scriptorium in Wales under Jackson’s artistic direction, and is the first monumental, illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era. Thomas Saccente, The Seattle Times, "Faiths celebrate St. John’s Bible at Arkansas hospital," 13 Jan. 2018 Visual inspection suggested that this manuscript, from the Christ Church scriptorium in Canterbury and dating to about 1125 C.E. to 1150 C.E., was also made of interleaved calf, sheep, and goat. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Goats, bookworms, a monk’s kiss: Biologists reveal the hidden history of ancient gospels," 25 July 2017 Until William Caxton used a printing press in 1475, English words were reproduced by scribes in scriptoria. Anne Trubek, WIRED, "Proper Spelling? Its Tyme to Let Luce!," 31 Jan. 2012

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First Known Use of scriptorium

1695, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scriptorium

Medieval Latin, from Latin scribere

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“Scriptorium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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