- The definition of a scribe is a person who copies manuscripts or a pointed instrument used for marking where something should be cut.
- An example of a scribe is the person who would have made copies of the Bible before the invention of the printing press.
- An example of scribe is what someone would use to mark a piece of wood showing where it is to be cut.
A scribe writing in a scroll.
- a professional penman who copied manuscripts before the invention of printing
- a writer or author
- a person learned in the Jewish law who makes handwritten copies of the Torah
- a person employed by the general public to write letters, etc.
- a pointed instrument for scoring stone, brick, wood, etc. to show where it is to be cutalso scriber
Origin of scribeMiddle English ; from Classical Latin scriba, public writer, scribe, in Ecclesiastical Late Latin doctor of the Jewish law ; from scribere, to write ; from Indo-European an unverified form skeribh- ; from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut, incise from source shear
transitive verbscribed, scribing
- to score (wood, bricks, etc.) with a scribe
- to mark (a line) with a scribe
- A public clerk or secretary, especially in ancient times.
- A professional copyist of manuscripts and documents.
- A writer or journalist.
- See scriber.
verbscribed scribed, scrib·ing, scribes
- To mark with a scriber.
- To write or inscribe.
Origin of scribeMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin scrība, from Latin, keeper of accounts, secretary, from scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
- One who writes; a draughtsman; a writer for another; especially, an official or public writer; an amanuensis or secretary; a notary; a copyist.
- A person who writes books or documents by hand as a profession.
- (archaic) A writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people.
- A very sharp, steel drawing implement used in engraving and etching, a scriber.
- A writer, especially a journalist.
(third-person singular simple present scribes, present participle scribing, simple past and past participle scribed)
- To write.
- To write, engrave, or mark upon; to inscribe.
- To record.
- To write or draw with a scribe.
- (carpentry) To cut (anything) in such a way as to fit closely to a somewhat irregular surface, as a baseboard to a floor which is out of level, a board to the curves of a moulding, etc.; so called because the workman marks, or scribes, with the compasses the line that he afterwards cuts.
- To score or mark with compasses or a scribing iron.
From Late Latin usage of scriba (“secretary”) (used in Vulgate to render Ancient Greek γραμματεύς (grammateus, “scribe, secretary”), which had been used in its turn to render the Hebrew סופר (“writer, scholar”)) from scribere (“to write, draw, draw up, draft (a paper), enlist, enroll, levy; orig. to scratch”), probably akin to scrobs (“a ditch, trench, grave”).