Definitions for manuscriptˈmæn yəˌskrɪpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

man•u•scriptˈmæn yəˌskrɪpt(n.)

  1. a written, typewritten, or computer-produced text before being set in type.

  2. writing as distinguished from print.

  3. (adj.)written by hand or using a typewriter or word processor:

    manuscript documents.

Origin of manuscript:

1590–1600; < ML manūscrīptus written by hand = L manū, abl. of manus hand +scrīptus written; see script

Princeton's WordNet

  1. manuscript, ms(noun)

    the form of a literary work submitted for publication

  2. manuscript, holograph(noun)

    handwritten book or document


  1. manuscript(Noun)

    A book, composition or any other document, (type)written by hand, not mechanically reproduced.

  2. manuscript(Noun)

    A single, original copy of a book, article, composition etc, written by hand or even printed, submitted as original for (copy-editing and) reproductive publication.

  3. manuscript(Adjective)

    Which is handwritten, or by extension typewritten, as opposed to mechanical reproduction

  4. Origin: 1597, from manuscriptum, from manu + scriptus, calqued from a word of origin, compare hantschrift, hantgeschrift, handgewrit, handrit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manuscript(adj)

    written with or by the hand; not printed; as, a manuscript volume

  2. Manuscript(adj)

    a literary or musical composition written with the hand, as distinguished from a printed copy

  3. Manuscript(adj)

    writing, as opposed to print; as, the book exists only in manuscript


  1. Manuscript

    A manuscript is any document written by hand, as opposed to being printed or reproduced in some other way. Before the arrival of printing, all documents and books were manuscripts. In publishing and academic contexts, a manuscript is the text submitted to the publisher or printer in preparation for publication, regardless of the format. Until recently a typescript prepared on a typewriter was usual, but today a digital file with a printout, prepared in manuscript format is most common. Manuscripts are not defined by their contents, which may combine writing with mathematical calculations, maps, explanatory figures or illustrations. Manuscripts may be in book form, scrolls or in codex format. Illuminated manuscripts are enriched with pictures, border decorations, elaborately embossed initial letters or full-page illustrations. They were written by earlier people.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'manuscript' in Nouns Frequency: #2450

Translations for manuscript

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the handwritten or typed material for a book etc, usually prepared for printing

The publishers have lost the manuscript of my book.

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