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[skriv-ner] /ˈskrɪv nər/
scribe1 (defs 1, 2).
a notary.
Origin of scrivener
1325-75; Middle English scriveyner, equivalent to scrivein (< Old French escrivein; see scribe1, -an) + -er -er1 Unabridged
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  • Milton was the son of a London scrivener, and Pope and Southey were the sons of linendrapers.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Despite all scrivener's efforts, the gap grew less and less.

  • Mr. scrivener and Captain Smith were now in fact the sustainers of the colony.

    Captain John Smith Charles Dudley Warner
  • Mr. scrivener and Mr. Percy returned from an expedition with nothing.

    Captain John Smith Charles Dudley Warner
  • The young pastor, who had returned, and the scrivener headed the procession.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • I do, indeed, said the scrivener, rising gravely and bowing to me.

    The Mercy of Allah Hilaire Belloc
  • The scrivener laughed as heartily as such men can, and begged me to be disabused.

    The Mercy of Allah Hilaire Belloc
British Dictionary definitions for scrivener


noun (archaic)
a person who writes out deeds, letters, etc; copyist
a notary
Word Origin
C14: from scrivein clerk, from Old French escrivain, ultimately from Latin scrībascribe
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Word Origin and History for scrivener

"professional penman, copyist," late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), with superfluous -er + scrivein "scribe" (c.1300), from Old French escrivain "a writer, notary, clerk" (Modern French écrivain), from Vulgar Latin *scribanem accusative of scriba "a scribe," from scribere (see script (n.)).

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