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scrivener

[skriv-ner] /ˈskrɪv nər/
noun
1.
scribe1 (defs 1, 2).
2.
a notary.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English scriveyner, equivalent to scrivein (< Old French escrivein; see scribe1, -an) + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for scrivener

scrivener

/ˈskrɪvnə/
noun (archaic)
1.
a person who writes out deeds, letters, etc; copyist
2.
a notary
Word Origin
C14: from scrivein clerk, from Old French escrivain, ultimately from Latin scrībascribe
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Word Origin and History for scrivener
n.

"professional penman, copyist," late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), with superfluous -er + scrivein "scribe" (c.1300), from Old French escrivain "a writer, notary, clerk" (Modern French écrivain), from Vulgar Latin *scribanem accusative of scriba "a scribe," from scribere (see script (n.)).

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