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amanuensis

[uh-man-yoo-en-sis] /əˌmæn yuˈɛn sɪs/
noun, plural amanuenses
[uh-man-yoo-en-seez] /əˌmæn yuˈɛn siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; < Latin (servus) āmanuēnsis, equivalent to ā- a-4 + manu-, stem of manus hand + -ēnsis -ensis
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for amanuensis

amanuensis

/əˌmænjʊˈɛnsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
1.
a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts
Word Origin
C17: from Latin āmanuensis, from the phrase servus ā manū slave at hand (that is, handwriting)
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Word Origin and History for amanuensis
n.

"one who takes dictation," 1610s, from Latin amanuensis "adjective used as a noun," from servus a manu "secretary," literally "servant from the hand," from a "from" + manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)).

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