Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: a professional or public copyist or writer : scribe
: notary public
Keep scrolling for more
author, litterateur (or littérateur), pen, penman, scribe, writer
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scrivener.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English scriveiner, alteration of scrivein, from Anglo-French escrivein, from Vulgar Latin *scriban-, scriba, alteration of Latin scriba scribe
Middle English, alteration of scriveyn, from Anglo-French escrivein, ultimately from Latin scriba public record keeper, from scribere to write
Resources for scrivener
Time Traveler for scrivener
See more words from the same century
More Definitions for scrivener
: a professional or public copyist or writer of official or formal documents (as deeds or contracts)
More from Merriam-Webster on scrivener
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for scrivener
Comments on scrivener
What made you want to look up scrivener? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
to make amends
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Musical Words Quiz
Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Red Cross Warns of Shelter Conditions
RIP Burt Reynolds
NYT Publishes Anonymous Piece
Kavanaugh Mentions Word in Hearing
Manafort Guilty on 8 Counts
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
How a folk song became a term of derision.
Sorry, not sorry
The participle made famous by Elvis
A not-so-sarcastic history
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
A quiz in common time.
A game of winding words.