Etymology
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scribe (n.)

late 12c., "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"). It is a special use of Latin scriba "keeper of accounts, secretary, writer," an agent noun from the past-participle stem of scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut").

The sense "one who writes, official or public writer" in English is from late 14c. That of "copyist, transcriber of manuscripts" is from 1530s. Used loosely for "an author, one fond of writing" by 1580s.

scribe (v.)

mid-15c., scriben, "to write," from Latin scribere "to write" (from PIE root *skribh- "to cut"). The carpentry sense "mark or score with (an outline)" is from 1670s, of uncertain origin, perhaps a shortening of describe. Related: Scribed; scriber; scribing.

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Definitions of scribe
1
scribe (n.)
informal terms for journalists;
Synonyms: scribbler / penman
scribe (n.)
someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts;
Synonyms: copyist / scrivener
scribe (n.)
a sharp-pointed awl for marking wood or metal to be cut;
Synonyms: scriber / scratch awl
2
scribe (v.)
score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking;
3
Scribe (n.)
French playwright (1791-1861);
Synonyms: Augustin Eugene Scribe
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