a. scribe


Augustin Eugène [oh-gys-tan œ-zhen] , 1791–1861, French dramatist.
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scribe (skraɪb)
1.  a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
2.  a clerk or public copyist
3.  Old Testament a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
4.  Judaism a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
5.  an author or journalist: used humorously
6.  another name for scriber
7.  to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
[(in the senses: writer, etc) C14: from Latin scrība clerk, from scrībere to write; C17 (vb): perhaps from inscribe]

Scribe (French skrib)
Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791--1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L.L. scriba "teacher of Jewish law," used in Vulgate to render Gk. grammateus, corresponding to Heb. sopher "writer, scholar." In secular L., scriba meant "keeper of accounts, secretary" (from scribere "to write;" see script). It recovered this sense in Eng. 16c.
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