tran·​script | \ ˈtran(t)-ˌskript How to pronounce transcript (audio) \

Definition of transcript

1a : a written, printed, or typed copy especially : a usually typed copy of dictated or recorded material
b : an official or legal and often published copy a court reporter's transcript especially : an official copy of a student's educational record
2 : a representation (as of experience) in an art form
3 : a sequence of RNA produced by transcription from a DNA template

Examples of transcript in a Sentence

a transcript of a radio program a full transcript of the court proceedings a transcript of the senator's speech You must submit your college transcript with your job application.
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Recent Examples on the Web According to a transcript of that hearing, the prosecutor mentioned only that Toledo was fatally shot by police. Megan Crepeau,, "Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx acknowledges she did not see video of Adam Toledo shooting or read errant statement before court hearing," 22 Apr. 2021 Later that same night, James and Noel were ejected from the town library after the two argued in the speakers line at the end of a three-hour City Council hearing packed with mine opponents, according to the transcript. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ex-lawmaker Mike Noel gains stalking injunction against critic, who sees it as a gag order," 15 Nov. 2020 According to a transcript of his testimony, Lawler said the protocol for dealing with a suspicious person was to contact the control room via radio about the situation. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Security guard at 2017 Ariana Grande concert terror attack was afraid of being called a racist: Report," 28 Oct. 2020 Ellsberg told his lawyer, Charles Nesson, several months later, according to a transcript of their meeting. Ben Bradlee, The New Yorker, "The Deceit and Conflict Behind the Leak of the Pentagon Papers," 8 Apr. 2021 At a Beijing news conference on March 15, health regulators ignored a question on when data will be released, according to the transcript. Washington Post, "China’s vaccine diplomacy stumbles as clinical trial data remain absent," 23 Mar. 2021 Listen to the episode by clicking on the player above, and scroll down to read an edited transcript of part of Hartlaub and Knight’s conversation with Luke Wicker. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "What's the most underrated peak in S.F.? The ultrarunner who ran all 76 weighs in," 19 Mar. 2021 Levy asked whether lessening the impact of COVID-19 on Black and Hispanic communities was a priority for the Biden administration on a local and national level, according to a transcript. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Fake Biden tweet stereotypes Black, Hispanic Americans," 23 Feb. 2021 Listen to the episode by clicking on the player above, and scroll down to read an edited transcript of Soleil Ho and Justin Phillips’ full conversation with Roman Mars. Justin Phillips,, "Roman Mars: COVID is transforming restaurant design and interactions — for better and for worse," 22 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of transcript

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for transcript

Middle English, from Anglo-French transecrit, from Medieval Latin transcriptum, from Latin, neuter of transcriptus, past participle of transcribere

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25 Apr 2021

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“Transcript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of transcript

: a written, printed, or typed copy of words that have been spoken
US : an official record of a student's grades


tran·​script | \ ˈtran-ˌskript How to pronounce transcript (audio) \

Kids Definition of transcript

2 : an official copy of a student's school record


tran·​script | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌkript How to pronounce transcript (audio) \

Medical Definition of transcript

: a sequence of RNA produced by transcription from a DNA template

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