What does scribe mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Scribe, Augustin Eugene Scribe(noun)

    French playwright (1791-1861)

  2. scribe, scribbler, penman(noun)

    informal terms for journalists

  3. copyist, scribe, scrivener(noun)

    someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts

  4. scriber, scribe, scratch awl(verb)

    a sharp-pointed awl for marking wood or metal to be cut

  5. scribe(verb)

    score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking


  1. scribe(Noun)

    One who writes; a draughtsman; a writer for another; especially, an official or public writer; an amanuensis or secretary; a notary; a copyist.

  2. scribe(Noun)

    A writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people.

  3. scribe(Noun)

    A very sharp, steel drawing implement used in engraving and etching, a scriber.

  4. scribe(Noun)

    A writer, especially a journalist.

  5. scribe(Verb)

    To write.

  6. scribe(Verb)

    To record.

  7. scribe(Verb)

    To write or draw with a scribe.

  8. Origin: From Late scriba (used in Vulgate to render Ancient Greek γραμματεύς "scribe, secretary", which had been used in its turn to render the Hebrew סופר "writer, scholar") from scribere, probably akin to scrobs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scribe(noun)

    one who writes; a draughtsman; a writer for another; especially, an offical or public writer; an amanuensis or secretary; a notary; a copyist

  2. Scribe(noun)

    a writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people

  3. Scribe(verb)

    to write, engrave, or mark upon; to inscribe

  4. Scribe(verb)

    to cut (anything) in such a way as to fit closely to a somewhat irregular surface, as a baseboard to a floor which is out of level, a board to the curves of a molding, or the like; -- so called because the workman marks, or scribe, with the compasses the line that he afterwards cuts

  5. Scribe(verb)

    to score or mark with compasses or a scribing iron

  6. Scribe(verb)

    to make a mark

  7. Origin: [L. scriba, fr. scribere to write; cf. Gr. ska`rifos a splinter, pencil, style (for writing), E. scarify. Cf. Ascribe, Describe, Script, Scrivener, Scrutoire.]


  1. Scribe

    A scribe is a person who writes books or documents by hand as a profession and helps the city keep track of its records. The profession, previously found in all literate cultures in some form, lost most of its importance and status with the advent of printing. The work could involve copying books, including sacred texts, or secretarial and administrative duties, such as taking of dictation and the keeping of business, judicial and, historical records for kings, nobles, temples, and cities. Later the profession developed into public servants, journalists, accountants, typists, and lawyers. In societies with low literacy rates, street-corner letter-writers may still be found providing a service.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scribe

    skrīb, n. a writer: a public or official writer: a clerk, amanuensis, secretary: (B.) an expounder and teacher of the Mosaic and traditional law: a pointed instrument to mark lines on wood, &c.—v.t. to write: to record: to mark.—adjs. Scrī′bable, capable of being written upon; Scribā′cious, given to writing.—n. Scribā′ciousness.—adj. Scrī′bal, pertaining to a scribe.—ns. Scrī′bing; Scrī′bing-com′pass, an instrument used in saddlery and cooper-work; Scrī′bism. [Fr.,—L. scribascribĕre, to write.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scribe in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scribe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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