[ man-yuh-skript ]
/ ˈmæn yəˌskrɪpt /


the original text of an author's work, handwritten or now usually typed, that is submitted to a publisher.
any text not printed.
a book or document written before the invention of printing.
writing, as distinguished from print.


handwritten or typed, not professionally printed.

Nearby words

  1. manukau,
  2. manumission,
  3. manumit,
  4. manure,
  5. manus,
  6. manutius,
  7. manutius, aldus,
  8. manville,
  9. manward,
  10. manway

Origin of manuscript

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin manūscrīptus written by hand, equivalent to Latin manū by hand (ablative of manus) + scrīptus written; see script

Related formsman·u·script·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for manuscript


/ (ˈmænjʊˌskrɪpt) /


a book or other document written by hand
the original handwritten or typed version of a book, article, etc, as submitted by an author for publication
  1. handwriting, as opposed to printing
  2. (as modifier)a manuscript document

Word Origin for manuscript

C16: from Medieval Latin manūscriptus, from Latin manus hand + scribere to write

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Word Origin and History for manuscript



"document or book written by hand," 1590s (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from Medieval Latin manuscriptum "document written by hand," from Latin manu scriptus "written by hand," from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + scriptus (neuter scriptum), past participle of scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Abbreviation is MS, plural MSS.

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