Definition of manuscript in English:


Syllabification: man·u·script
Pronunciation: /ˈmanyəˌskript


1A book, document, or piece of music written by hand rather than typed or printed: an illuminated manuscript
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  • The books and manuscripts were written on vellum, a preparation of calf, goat and sheep skins.
  • Priceless books and manuscripts will receive special protection as the restoration of a library gets underway.
  • An entire manuscript of Urdu written in Roman is a precious treasure of the Lahore Museum.
document, text, script, paper, typescript, draft;
codex, palimpsest, scroll;
autograph, holograph
((stack of) manuscripts) informal slush pile
1.1An author’s text that has not yet been published: preparing the final manuscript her autobiography remained in manuscript
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  • We are attracting more manuscripts and publishing more articles than ever before.
  • All authors were responsible for revising the manuscript and for final approval of the paper.
  • Informed consent for this purpose requires that the patient should be shown the manuscript to be published.


late 16th century: from medieval Latin manuscriptus, from manu 'by hand' + scriptus 'written' (past participle of scribere).

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