c. 1200, "professional interpreter of the Jewish Law" (late 11c. as a surname), from Church Latin scriba "teacher of Jewish law," used in Vulgate to render Greek grammateus (corresponding to Hebrew sopher "writer, scholar"), special use of Latin scriba "keeper of accounts, secretary, writer," from past participle stem of scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut"). Sense "one who writes, official or public writer" in English is from late 14c.
"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut").
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