Scribe Definition

skrīb
scribed, scribes, scribing
noun
scribes
A public clerk or secretary, especially in ancient times.
American Heritage
A professional penman who copied manuscripts before the invention of printing.
Webster's New World
A writer or author.
Webster's New World
A person learned in the Jewish law who makes handwritten copies of the Torah.
Webster's New World
A person employed by the general public to write letters, etc.
Webster's New World
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verb
scribed, scribes, scribing
To score (wood, bricks, etc.) with a scriber.
Webster's New World
To mark (a line) with a scriber.
Webster's New World
To work as a scribe.
Webster's New World
To write or inscribe.
American Heritage

To record.

Wiktionary
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proper name
1791-1861; Fr. dramatist & librettist.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Scribe

Noun

Singular:
scribe
Plural:
scribes

Origin of Scribe

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin scrība from Latin keeper of accounts, secretary from scrībere to write skrībh- in Indo-European roots

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

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