Manuscript meaning

mănyə-skrĭpt
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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.

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Written by hand or with a typewriter, not printed.
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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.

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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.

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Designating writing that consists of unconnected letters resembling print; not cursive.
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Which is handwritten, or by extension typewritten, as opposed to mechanical reproduction.
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Handwriting, especially in contrast to print.

Her last poems were left in manuscript.

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A book or document written by hand, esp. before the invention of printing.
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A book, composition or any other document, written by hand (manually typewritten), not mechanically reproduced.
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Writing as distinguished from print.
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A single, original copy of a book, article, composition etc, written by hand or even printed, submitted as original for (copy-editing and) reproductive publication.
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A written or typewritten document or paper, esp. the copy of an author's work that is submitted to a publisher or printer.
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Origin of manuscript

  • From Medieval Latin manūscrīptum from neuter of manūscrīptus handwritten Latin manū ablative of manus hand man-2 in Indo-European roots Latin scrīptus past participle of scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 handÄ¡ewrit (before 1150, “what is written by hand, deed, contract, manuscript"), Old Norse handrit (before 1300, “manuscript").

    From Wiktionary