amanuensis

[uh-man-yoo-en-sis]
noun, plural amanuenses [uh-man-yoo-en-seez] .
a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.

Origin:
1610–20; < Latin (servus) āmanuēnsis, equivalent to ā- a-4 + manu-, stem of manus hand + -ēnsis -ensis

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amanuensis (əˌmænjʊˈɛnsɪs)
 
n , pl -ses
a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts
 
[C17: from Latin āmanuensis, from the phrase servus ā manū slave at hand (that is, handwriting)]

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amanuensis
"one who takes dictation," 1610s, from L. amanuensis, from servus a manu "secretary," lit. "servant from the hand," from a "from" + manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual).
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Example sentences
Eventually she began to work as his amanuensis, writing letters for him and copying out new drafts of his manuscripts.
He was the last pupil and only amanuensis of the composer and virtually a member of the family.
She acts as his amanuensis and advises with him when doubtful legal points arise.
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