- The definition of a manuscript is a book that is written for submission to a publisher, or a book, play or other creative work that is written by hand instead of typed.
The author's copy of a book that the author has just turned in to the publisher is an example of a manuscript.
manuscript definition by Webster's New World
- written by hand or with a typewriter, not printed
- designating writing that consists of unconnected letters resembling print; not cursive
Origin: Classical Latin manu scriptus, written by hand ; from manu, ablative of manus, hand (see manual) plush scriptus, past participle of scribere, to write: see scribe
- a book or document written by hand, esp. before the invention of printing
- a written or typewritten document or paper, esp. the copy of an author's work that is submitted to a publisher or printer
- writing as distinguished from print
Origin: ML manuscriptum
manuscript definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A book, document, or other composition written by hand.
- A typewritten or handwritten version of a book, an article, a document, or other work, especially the author's own copy, prepared and submitted for publication in print.
Origin: From Medieval Latin manūscrīptum, from neuter of manūscrīptus, handwritten : Latin manū, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin scrīptus, past participle of scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.