Definition of amanuensis in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌmanyəˈwensəs/

noun (plural amanuenses /-ˌsēz/)

A literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.
Example sentences
  • Thomas went to his grave regarding Eleanour as nothing more than a dear friend, useful as an unpaid secretary, the willing amanuensis who typed his manuscripts for him.
  • Simson remained in good health until a few years before his death, during which period he had to employ an amanuensis to assist him in revising his geometrical writings.
  • After settling in Weimar he initially used the minor composers August Conradi and Raff as amanuenses and orchestration assistants, though later he acquired enough experience to dispense with any help.


Early 17th century: Latin, from (servus) a manu '(slave) at hand(writing), secretary' + -ensis 'belonging to'.

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Syllabification: a·man·u·en·sis

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