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

     

    manuscript

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈmænjuskrɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmænjuskrɪpt//
     
    (abbreviation MS)
     
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  1. 1a copy of a book, piece of music, etc. before it has been printed an unpublished/original manuscript I read her poems in manuscript.
  2. 2a very old book or document that was written by hand before printing was invented medieval illuminated manuscripts
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from medieval Latin manuscriptus, from manu ‘by hand’ + scriptus ‘written’ (past participle of scribere).Extra examples He submitted the manuscript to an editor at Longman. He was delighted when the manuscript was accepted for publication. Her autobiography remained in manuscript. I only have one copy of the manuscript. One contemporary manuscript shows Henry II crowned by the hand of Christ. The text ran to dozens of pages in manuscript form. earlier manuscripts which no longer survive the original autograph manuscript of the poem the surviving manuscript of ‘Beowulf’ I read her plays in manuscript. an unpublished manuscript
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