Definition of scrivener in English:

scrivener

Line breaks: scriv|en¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈskrɪv(ə)nə
 
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noun

historical
1A clerk, scribe, or notary.
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  • His father, a scrivener, had rebelled against his father's Catholicism to become an Anglican (and been disinherited for his apostasy).
  • It is also not clear why, occasionally, the scrivener found it necessary to record the family connections for some men while not so at other times.
  • The first entry made by the scrivener for the town of Braga in northern Portugal, on Saturday, 5 February 1569, refers to a petition before the municipal council from Ilena Piriz.
2A person who invested money at interest for clients and lent funds to those who wanted to raise money on security.
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  • Note also that the scrivener recorded the trade for the male applicant but not for the two female.
  • Occasionally, courts admitted shopbooks as evidence but the exception normally was narrowly applied to circumstances in which the scrivener was not available to testify.
  • That was quite a concession, given that they wanted the intent of the erroneous scrivener to prevail in interpretation.

Origin

Middle English (in sense 1): shortening of Old French escrivein, from Latin scriba (see scribe). sense 2 dates from the early 17th century.

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