- a room, as in a monastery, library, or other institution, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied.
Origin of scriptorium
Examples from the Web for scriptorium
The hardships of the scriptorium were greatest, of course, in winter.Bibliomania in the Middle Ages
Frederick Somner Merryweather
The Scriptorium is said to have been usually over the chapter-house.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
The care of the library and the scriptorium was intrusted to the librarian.
The scriptorium of the Cathedral was an important department, and was ably governed.Medival London
He set all in order in the scriptorium where he had toiled for five long years.In the Days of the Guild
- a room, esp in a monastery, set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts
Word Origin and History for scriptorium
"writing room," 1774, from Late Latin scriptorium "place for writing," noun use of neuter of Latin scriptorius "pertaining to writing," from Latin scriptus, past participle of scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).