[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-/.

a room, as in a monastery, library, or other institution, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied.

Origin of scriptorium

1765–75; < Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see script, -tory2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

a room, esp in a monastery, set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts

Word Origin for scriptorium

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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