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scriptorium

[skrip-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-] /skrɪpˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-/
noun, plural scriptoriums, scriptoria
[skrip-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /skrɪpˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a room, as in a monastery, library, or other institution, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see script, -tory2
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British Dictionary definitions for scriptoria

scriptorium

/skrɪpˈtɔːrɪəm/
noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
1.
a room, esp in a monastery, set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts
Word Origin
from Medieval Latin
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Word Origin and History for scriptoria

scriptorium

n.

"writing room," 1774, from Late Latin scriptorium "place for writing," noun use of neuter of Latin scriptorius "pertaining to writing," from Latin scriptus, past participle of scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for scriptoria

scriptorium

writing room set aside in monastic communities for the use of scribes engaged in copying manuscripts. Scriptoria were an important feature of the Middle Ages, most characteristically of Benedictine establishments because of St. Benedict's support of literary activities. All who worked in scriptoria, however, were not monks; lay scribes and illuminators from outside the monastic foundation reinforced the clerical scribes.

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