Definition of amanuensis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˌmænjuˈensɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌmænjuˈensɪs//
    (pl. amanuenses
    BrE BrE//əˌmænjuˈensiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˌmænjuˈensiːz//
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  1. 1a person who writes down your words when you cannot write, for example if you are injured and have an exam
  2. 2an assistant, especially one who writes or types for somebody
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: Latin, from (servus) a manu ‘(slave) at hand(writing), secretary’ + -ensis ‘belonging to’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: amanuensis