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scribe1

[skrahyb]
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noun
  1. a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
  2. a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
  3. Also called sopher, sofer. Judaism. one of the group of Palestinian scholars and teachers of Jewish law and tradition, active from the 5th century b.c. to the 1st century a.d., who transcribed, edited, and interpreted the Bible.
  4. a writer or author, especially a journalist.
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verb (used without object), scribed, scrib·ing.
  1. to act as a scribe; write.
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verb (used with object), scribed, scrib·ing.
  1. to write down.
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Origin of scribe1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write
Related formsscrib·al, adjectiveun·scrib·al, adjective

scribe2

[skrahyb]
verb (used with object), scribed, scrib·ing.
  1. to mark or score (wood or the like) with a pointed instrument as a guide to cutting or assembling.
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noun
  1. scriber.
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Origin of scribe2

First recorded in 1670–80; perhaps aphetic form of inscribe

Scribe

[skreeb]
noun
  1. Au·gus·tin Eu·gène [oh-gys-tan œ-zhen] /oʊ güsˈtɛ̃ œˈʒɛn/, 1791–1861, French dramatist.
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Examples from the Web for scribe

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  • They did not dare defy him, and had the scribe bring in the Book.

  • But he entered the Acropolis a conqueror,” says our Scribe; “he won the battle.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • “The realisation is a terrible thing,” writes our Scribe, quoting his Master.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • As for the peddling-box, our Scribe will tell of its fate in the following Chapter.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • The first climax, however, is reached, and our Scribe thinks it too sad for words.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani


British Dictionary definitions for scribe

scribe

noun
  1. a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
  2. a clerk or public copyist
  3. Old Testament a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
  4. Judaism a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
  5. an author or journalist: used humorously
  6. another name for scriber
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verb
  1. to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
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Derived Formsscribal, adjective

Word Origin

(in the senses: writer, etc) C14: from Latin scrība clerk, from scrībere to write; C17 (vb): perhaps from inscribe

Scribe

noun
  1. Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
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Word Origin and History for scribe

n.

c.1200, "professional interpreter of the Jewish Law" (late 11c. as a surname), from Church Latin scriba "teacher of Jewish law," used in Vulgate to render Greek grammateus (corresponding to Hebrew sopher "writer, scholar"), special use of Latin scriba "keeper of accounts, secretary, writer," from past participle stem of scribere "to write;" see script (n.). Sense "one who writes, official or public writer" in English is from late 14c.

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v.

"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

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