manuscript[man′yo̵̅o̅ skript′, -yə-]
- 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)
1597, from Medieval Latin manuscriptum (â€œwriting by handâ€), from Latin manu (ablative of manus (â€œhandâ€)) + scriptus (past participle of scribere (â€œto writeâ€)), calqued from a word of Germanic origin, compare Middle High German hantschrift, hantgeschrift (c. 1450, â€œmanuscriptâ€), Old English handÄ¡ewrit (before 1150, â€œwhat is written by hand, deed, contract, manuscriptâ€), Old Norse handrit (before 1300, â€œmanuscriptâ€).