writ

1
[ rit ]
/ rɪt /
||

noun

Law.
  1. a formal order under seal, issued in the name of a sovereign, government, court, or other competent authority, enjoining the officer or other person to whom it is issued or addressed to do or refrain from some specified act.
  2. (in early English law) any formal document in letter form, under seal, and in the sovereign's name.
something written; a writing: sacred writ.

Origin of writ

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Old Norse rit writing, Gothic writs letter. See write

Definition for writ (2 of 3)

writ

2
[ rit ]
/ rɪt /

verb Archaic.

a simple past tense and past participle of write.

Definition for writ (3 of 3)

write

[ rahyt ]
/ raɪt /

verb (used with object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.


verb (used without object), wrote or (Archaic) writ; writ·ten or (Archaic) writ; writ·ing.

Verb Phrases

Origin of write

before 900; Middle English writen, Old English wrītan; cognate with Old Saxon wrītan to cut, write, German reissen to tear, draw, Old Norse rīta to score, write

Related forms

mis·write, verb (used with object), mis·wrote, mis·writ·ten, mis·writ·ing.

Can be confused

right rite wright write
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for writ

British Dictionary definitions for writ (1 of 3)

writ

1
/ (rɪt) /

noun

law (formerly) a document under seal, issued in the name of the Crown or a court, commanding the person to whom it is addressed to do or refrain from doing some specified actOfficial name: claim
archaic a piece or body of writingHoly Writ

Word Origin for writ

Old English; related to Old Norse rit, Gothic writs stroke, Old High German riz (German Riss a tear). See write

British Dictionary definitions for writ (2 of 3)

writ

2
/ (rɪt) /

verb

archaic, or dialect a past tense and past participle of write
writ large plain to see; very obvious

British Dictionary definitions for writ (3 of 3)

write

/ (raɪt) /

verb writes, writing, wrote or written


Derived Forms

writable, adjective

Word Origin for write

Old English wrītan (originally: to scratch runes into bark); related to Old Frisian wrīta, Old Norse rīta, Old High German rīzan (German reissen to tear)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with writ

write

In addition to the idioms beginning with write

  • write down
  • write in
  • write off
  • write one's own ticket
  • write out
  • write up

also see:

  • nothing to write home about

Also see underwrote.


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.