- a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.
Origin of amanuensis
Examples from the Web for amanuenses
My amanuenses, my copyists, in Washington, have cost me a mint of money.
Amanuenses were summoned, who took down those dying admonitions, and in the time of Tacitus they still were extant.Seekers after God
Frederic William Farrar
Milton dictated that immortal poem, "Paradise Lost," his daughters being his amanuenses; but Milton was then blind.Genius in Sunshine and Shadow
Maturin Murray Ballou
Beyond a question more writers than we ever dreamed are only amanuenses of the Astute Author.Is the Devil a Myth?
C. F. Wimberly
He employed six amanuenses, not a large number of assistants for a task of such magnitude.Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts
Word Origin and History for amanuenses
"one who takes dictation," 1610s, from Latin amanuensis "adjective used as a noun," from servus a manu "secretary," literally "servant from the hand," from a "from" + manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)).