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[ skrahyb ]
/ skraɪb /

noun

a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
Also called sopher, sofer. Judaism. one of the group of Palestinian scholars and teachers of Jewish law and tradition, active from the 5th century b.c. to the 1st century a.d., who transcribed, edited, and interpreted the Bible.
a writer or author, especially a journalist.

verb (used without object), scribed, scrib·ing.

to act as a scribe; write.

verb (used with object), scribed, scrib·ing.

to write down.

Origin of scribe

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1350–1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write
Related formsscrib·al, adjectiveun·scrib·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scribal (1 of 2)

scribe

/ (skraɪb) /

noun

verb

to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
Derived Formsscribal, adjective

Word Origin for scribe

(in the senses: writer, etc) C14: from Latin scrība clerk, from scrībere to write; C17 (vb): perhaps from inscribe

British Dictionary definitions for scribal (2 of 2)

Scribe

/ (French skrib) /

noun

Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
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