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  1. scribe1(defs 1, 2).
  2. a notary.
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Origin of scrivener

1325–75; Middle English scriveyner, equivalent to scrivein (< Old French escrivein; see scribe1, -an) + -er -er1
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noun archaic
  1. a person who writes out deeds, letters, etc; copyist
  2. a notary
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Word Origin

C14: from scrivein clerk, from Old French escrivain, ultimately from Latin scrība scribe
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Word Origin and History for scrivener


"professional penman, copyist," late 14c. (early 13c. as a surname), with superfluous -er + scrivein "scribe" (c.1300), from Old French escrivain "a writer, notary, clerk" (Modern French écrivain), from Vulgar Latin *scribanem accusative of scriba "a scribe," from scribere (see script (n.)).

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