[ 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.

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 forms

man·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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