What does scribe mean?

Definitions for scribeskraɪb

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Myriah Williams:

    Furthermore, I hope that I can use the information that we have gained from the margins and gaps to continue to develop a picture of the life of the 'Black Book' after the 'Black Book' scribe had completed his work.

  2. Brent Landau:

    The scribe has divided most of the text into syllables by using mid-dots. Such divisions are very uncommon in ancient manuscripts, but they do show up frequently in manuscripts that were used in educational contexts.

  3. Dr Kwakkel:

    They offer a rare glimpse into the informal or private world of medieval monks, personally, I love the thumbprint, which was left by a careless scribe who spilled ink on his work. It seems so fresh and human, yet it happened 700 years ago.

  4. Austin Powers International Man of Mystery:

    Dr. Evil The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking- I highly suggest you try it.

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