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noun, plural a·man·u·en·ses [uh-man-yoo-en-seez] /əˌmæn yuˈɛn siz/.
  1. a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.
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Origin of amanuensis

1610–20; < Latin (servus) āmanuēnsis, equivalent to ā- a-4 + manu-, stem of manus hand + -ēnsis -ensis
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Related Words for amanuenses

cashier, auditor, worker, agent, bookkeeper, operator, salesperson, employee, secretary, receptionist, teller, seller, registrar, notary, transcriber, stenographer, amanuensis, counterperson, recorder, copyist

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Historical Examples of amanuenses

  • My amanuenses, my copyists, in Washington, have cost me a mint of money.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864


  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for amanuenses


noun plural -ses (-siːz)
  1. a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts
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Word Origin for amanuensis

C17: from Latin āmanuensis, from the phrase servus ā manū slave at hand (that is, handwriting)
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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.)).

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