A scribe writing in a scroll.
- 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 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 Î³ÏÎ±Î¼Î¼Î±Ï„ÎµÏÏ‚ (grammateus, “scribe, secretary"), which had been used in its turn to render the Hebrew ×¡×•×¤×¨ (“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").