scrivener

play
noun scriv·en·er \ˈskriv-nər, ˈskri-və-\

Definition of scrivener

  1. 1 :  a professional or public copyist or writer :  scribe

  2. 2 :  notary public

Examples of scrivener in a Sentence

  1. the roomful of unsung scriveners that it takes to churn out a weekly sitcom

  2. the details of the contract were worked out by a lawyer, I being involved with it merely as a scrivener

Recent Examples of scrivener from 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.

Origin and Etymology of scrivener

Middle English scriveiner, alteration of scrivein, from Anglo-French escrivein, from Vulgar Latin *scriban-, scriba, alteration of Latin scriba scribe


First Known Use: 14th century


Law Dictionary

scrivener

play
noun scriv·en·er \ˈskri-və-nər\

Legal Definition of scrivener

  1. :  a professional or public copyist or writer of official or formal documents (as deeds or contracts)

Origin and Etymology of scrivener

Middle English, alteration of scriveyn, from Anglo-French escrivein, ultimately from Latin scriba public record keeper, from scribere to write


Learn More about scrivener


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

the point at which something begins

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

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!