Definition of scriptorium in English:


Syllabification: scrip·to·ri·um
Pronunciation: /ˌskripˈtôrēəm

noun (plural scriptoria /-ˈtôrēə/ or scriptoriums)

chiefly • historical
  • A room set apart for writing, especially one in a monastery where manuscripts were copied.
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    • After all, it was assumed that all monks could read and write. Monasteries also contained libraries and scriptoria, or writing rooms, in which manuscripts were copied.
    • By the 9th century, most monasteries had writing rooms or scriptoria.
    • A limited form of mass production was able to be achieved in large scriptoria contained in monasteries.


late 18th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin script- 'written', from the verb scribere.

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