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From Middle English scryvener, alteration of scryveyn, from Anglo-Norman scrivein (professional penman, copyist), from Old French escrivain, from Vulgar Latin *scriba, *scribanem, from Latin scriba, from scrībō (I write).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈskɹɪvnə(ɹ)/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈskɹɪvənəɹ/


scrivener (plural scriveners)

  1. A professional writer; one whose occupation is to draw contracts or prepare writings.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Richard III, 3.6
      Scrivener (enters with a paper in hand):
      Here is the indictment of the good Lord Hastings,
      Which in a set hand fairly in engrossed
      That is may be today read o'er in Paul's.
      And mark how well the sequel hangs together:
      Eleven hours I have spent to write it over...
  2. (obsolete) One whose business is to place money at interest; a broker.
  3. A writing master.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)



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