What does manuscript mean?

Definitions for manuscriptˈmæn yəˌskrɪpt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word manuscript.

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(n.)

    An original literary or musical composition written by the author, formerly with the hand, now usually by typewriter or word processor. It is contrasted with a printed copy.

  2. Origin: [LL. manuscriptum, lit., something written with the hand. See Manuscript, a.]


  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

  4. Origin: [LL. manuscriptum, lit., something written with the hand. See Manuscript, a.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manuscript

    man′ū-skript, adj. written by the hand: not printed.—n. a book or paper written by the hand.—adj. Manuscript′al. [L. manus, the hand, scribĕre, scriptum, to write.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manuscript in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manuscript in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Francis Wahlgren:

    There hasn't been any Watson scientific manuscript material ever offered at auction before.

  2. Samuel Johnson:

    Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.

  3. Susan Harris:

    Reportedly, Harper Lee asked that the manuscript not be edited, but respecting her wishes has not served her or or the manuscript well.

  4. Douglas Bradburn:

    Right now the vast majority of the manuscript of George Washington is in the Library of Congress, but in fact about half of it is scattered all over the world.

  5. Ring Lardner:

    A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

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