- 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.
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- 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: Middle English from Classical Latin scriba, public writer, scribe, inch(es) LL(Ec), 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
- to score (wood, bricks, etc.) with a scribe
- to mark (a line) with a scribe
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- A public clerk or secretary, especially in ancient times.
- A professional copyist of manuscripts and documents.
- A writer or journalist.
- See scriber.
- To mark with a scriber.
- To write or inscribe.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin scrība, from Latin, keeper of accounts, secretary, from scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
- scribˈal adjective
, Augustin Eugène 1791-1861.