- the original text of an author's work, handwritten or now usually typed, that is submitted to a publisher.
- any text not printed.
- a book or document written before the invention of printing.
- writing, as distinguished from print.
- handwritten or typed, not professionally printed.
Origin of manuscript
- a book or other document written by hand
- the original handwritten or typed version of a book, article, etc, as submitted by an author for publication
- handwriting, as opposed to printing
- (as modifier)a manuscript document
Word Origin and History for manuscript
"document or book written by hand," 1590s (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from Medieval Latin manuscriptum "document written by hand," from Latin manu scriptus "written by hand," from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + scriptus (neuter scriptum), past participle of scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Abbreviation is MS, plural MSS.