scribe

1
[skrahyb]

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.

Nearby words

  1. scriabin,
  2. scribble,
  3. scribbler,
  4. scribbling block,
  5. scribbly gum,
  6. scribe, augustin eugène,
  7. scriber,
  8. scrim,
  9. scrimmage,
  10. scrimmage line

Origin of scribe

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write

Related formsscrib·al, adjectiveun·scrib·al, adjective

scribe

2
[skrahyb]

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

to mark or score (wood or the like) with a pointed instrument as a guide to cutting or assembling.

noun

Origin of scribe

2
First recorded in 1670–80; perhaps aphetic form of inscribe

Scribe

[skreeb]

noun

Au·gus·tin Eu·gène [oh-gys-tan œ-zhen] /oʊ güsˈtɛ̃ œˈʒɛn/, 1791–1861, French dramatist.
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British Dictionary definitions for scribe

scribe

noun

a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
a clerk or public copyist
Old Testament a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
Judaism a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
an author or journalist: used humorously
another name for scriber

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

Scribe

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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Word Origin and History for scribe
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