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[skrahyb] /skraɪb/
noun
1.
a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
2.
a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
3.
Also called sopher, sofer. Judaism. one of the group of Palestinian scholars and teachers of Jewish law and tradition, active from the 5th century b.c. to the 1st century a.d., who transcribed, edited, and interpreted the Bible.
4.
a writer or author, especially a journalist.
verb (used without object), scribed, scribing.
5.
to act as a scribe; write.
verb (used with object), scribed, scribing.
6.
to write down.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write
Related forms
scribal, adjective
unscribal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un scribal

scribe

/skraɪb/
noun
1.
a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
2.
a clerk or public copyist
3.
(Old Testament) a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
4.
(Judaism) a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
5.
an author or journalist: used humorously
6.
another name for scriber
verb
7.
to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
Derived Forms
scribal, adjective
Word Origin
(in the senses: writer, etc) C14: from Latin scrība clerk, from scrībere to write; C17 (vb): perhaps from inscribe

Scribe

/French skrib/
noun
1.
Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
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Word Origin and History for un scribal

scribe

n.

c.1200, "professional interpreter of the Jewish Law" (late 11c. as a surname), from Church Latin scriba "teacher of Jewish law," used in Vulgate to render Greek grammateus (corresponding to Hebrew sopher "writer, scholar"), special use of Latin scriba "keeper of accounts, secretary, writer," from past participle stem of scribere "to write;" see script (n.). Sense "one who writes, official or public writer" in English is from late 14c.

v.

"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

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