- 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.
- written by hand or with a typewriter, not printed
- designating writing that consists of unconnected letters resembling print; not cursive
Origin of manuscriptClassical Latin manu scriptus, written by hand ; from manu, ablative of manus, hand (see manual) + 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 of manuscriptML manuscriptum
- A handwritten book, poem, or other document, or a collection of such handwritten documents bound together: The contents of the manuscript include a romance and a saint's life.
- A version of a book, article, or other work before being published or prepared for publication: The author submitted the manuscript as a text file.
- Handwriting, especially in contrast to print: Her last poems were left in manuscript.
Origin of manuscriptFrom 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.
(comparative more manuscript, superlative most manuscript)
- Which is handwritten, or by extension typewritten, as opposed to mechanical reproduction.
1597, from Medieval Latin manuscriptum (“writing by hand”), from Latin manu (ablative of manus (“hand”)) + scriptus (past participle of scribere (“to write”)), calqued from a word of Germanic origin, compare Middle High German hantschrift, hantgeschrift (c. 1450, “manuscript”), Old English handġewrit (before 1150, “what is written by hand, deed, contract, manuscript”), Old Norse handrit (before 1300, “manuscript”).