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 person who writes books or documents by hand as a profession.
Origin of scribe
- 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
- 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").