scrivener

[skriv-ner]
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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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Contemporary Examples of scrivener

  • Bartleby, the Scrivener must be the most famous short fiction in American literature.

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    David's Bookclub: Bartleby the Scrivener

    David Frum

    November 26, 2012

  • But perhaps the best way to read the Bush memoir is as the elusive pièce de résistance of the most loyal Bush scrivener.

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    Bush's Ghostwriter

    Bryan Curtis

    March 9, 2010

  • White House veterans described how Michel became Bush's scrivener.

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    Bush's Ghostwriter

    Bryan Curtis

    March 9, 2010

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British Dictionary definitions for scrivener

scrivener

noun archaic
  1. a person who writes out deeds, letters, etc; copyist
  2. a notary

Word Origin for scrivener

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

"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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