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From Средњи Енглески scribe

, from Стари Француски scribe (scribe)

, from Рани Латински usage of scriba (secretary)

(used in Vulgate to render Ancient Greek γραμματεύς (grammateús, scribe, secretary)

, which had been used in its turn to render the Hebrew סופר(writer, scholar)

) from scribere (to write, draw, draw up, draft (a paper), enlist, enroll, levy; orig. to scratch)

, probably akin to scrobs (a ditch, trench, grave)



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scribe (plural scribes)

  1. Someone who writes; a draughtsperson; a writer for another; especially, an official or public writer; an amanuensis, secretary, notary, or copyist.
    • 2013 септембар 14, Jane Shilling, “The Golden Thread: the Story of Writing, by Ewan Clayton, review [print edition: Illuminating language]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review)[1], strana R28:
      [T]he pleasure of writing on wax with a stylus is exemplified by the fine, flowing hand of a Roman scribe who made out the birth certificate of Herennia Gemella, born March 128 AD.
    1. A person who writes books or documents by hand as a profession.W
      • 2013 September-October, Henry Petroski, “The Evolution of Eyeglasses”, in American Scientist:
        The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone, [] . Scribes, illuminators, and scholars held such stones directly over manuscript pages as an aid in seeing what was being written, drawn, or read.
  2. (archaic) A writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people.
  3. A very sharp, steel drawing implement used in engraving and etching, a scriber.
  4. (in particular) A journalist.