[ skrahyb ]
/ skraɪb /


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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write

Related forms

scrib·al, adjectiveun·scrib·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scribal (1 of 2)


/ (skraɪb) /



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

Derived Forms

scribal, 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)


/ (French skrib) /


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