- a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
- a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
- 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.
- a writer or author, especially a journalist.
- to act as a scribe; write.
- to write down.
Origin of scribe1
- to mark or score (wood or the like) with a pointed instrument as a guide to cutting or assembling.
Origin of scribe2
- Au·gus·tin Eu·gène [oh-gys-tan œ-zhen] /oʊ güsˈtɛ̃ œˈʒɛn/, 1791–1861, French dramatist.
Examples from the Web for scribe
If you were particularly interested in one topic, you would order your scribe to write down only the relevant items.Social Media is So Old Even the Romans Had It
October 25, 2013
Doing research for a PhD project, he became a scribe of the tribe on their urban adventures.Urban Explorers Face Sewage, Rats, Vertigo, Claustrophobia and Cops
October 5, 2013
The scribe for Sporting News befriended Ghawi after exchanging messages with her online, he told The Daily Beast.Colorado Shooting Victim Jessica Ghawi Left an Indelible Impression
July 21, 2012
Did I imagine it, or did she recognize the name of the scribe who had hymned her feminine allure?Hitchens on Thatcher's Sex Appeal
January 12, 2012
He had beautiful handwriting, a very important talent for a scribe.The Book That Changed the World
October 7, 2011
They did not dare defy him, and had the scribe bring in the Book.The Chinese Fairy Book
But he entered the Acropolis a conqueror,” says our Scribe; “he won the battle.
“The realisation is a terrible thing,” writes our Scribe, quoting his Master.
As for the peddling-box, our Scribe will tell of its fate in the following Chapter.
The first climax, however, is reached, and our Scribe thinks it too sad for words.
- a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
- a clerk or public copyist
- Old Testament a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
- Judaism a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
- an author or journalist: used humorously
- another name for scriber
- to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
- Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
Word Origin and History for scribe
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.
"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).