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[man-yuh-skript] /ˈmæn yəˌskrɪpt/
the original text of an author's work, handwritten or now usually typed, that is submitted to a publisher.
any text not printed.
a book or document written before the invention of printing.
writing, as distinguished from print.
handwritten or typed, not professionally printed.
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin manūscrīptus written by hand, equivalent to Latin manū by hand (ablative of manus) + scrīptus written; see script
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manuscriptal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for manuscripts
  • No pictures, no musical manuscripts, nor anything much that once belonged to a great composer.
  • It also highlights one of the big problems with bringing old manuscripts into the modern age.
  • The so-called octavo format was a departure from previous manuscripts because it was handy, portable, and pocket-size.
  • Professional editors then read the full manuscripts of high-scoring books.
  • Medieval scribes frothed up eggs with water and added colors to produce elaborate illuminated manuscripts.
  • In particular, manuscripts intended for publication in scientific journals should conform to standard grammatical practice.
  • Nothing, except some dusty manuscripts written thousands of years ago by a couple of desert tribes.
  • There they collaborated and commented on each other's manuscripts.
  • Other resources will include important manuscripts, books, and pamphlets relevant to the great voyages of the period.
  • Among the gems here are medieval manuscripts and stunning frescoes.
British Dictionary definitions for manuscripts


a book or other document written by hand
the original handwritten or typed version of a book, article, etc, as submitted by an author for publication
  1. handwriting, as opposed to printing
  2. (as modifier): a manuscript document
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin manūscriptus, from Latin manus hand + scribere to write
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Word Origin and History for manuscripts



"document or book written by hand," 1590s (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from Medieval Latin manuscriptum "document written by hand," from Latin manu scriptus "written by hand," from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + scriptus (neuter scriptum), past participle of scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Abbreviation is MS, plural MSS.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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