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[skrip-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-]
noun, plural scrip·to·ri·ums, scrip·to·ri·a [skrip-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /skrɪpˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/.
  1. a room, as in a monastery, library, or other institution, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied.
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Origin of scriptorium

1765–75; < Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see script, -tory2
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

    William Benham

  • He set all in order in the scriptorium where he had toiled for five long years.

British Dictionary definitions for scriptorium


noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
  1. a room, esp in a monastery, set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts
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Word Origin

from Medieval Latin
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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.)).

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