Definition of scriptorium in English:

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Pronunciation: /skrɪpˈtɔːrɪəm/

noun (plural scriptoria /skrɪpˈtɔːrɪə/ or scriptoriums)

chiefly historical
A room set apart for writing, especially one in a monastery where manuscripts were copied.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with scriptorium

auditorium, ciborium, conservatorium, crematorium, emporium, moratorium, sanatorium, sudatorium, vomitorium

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