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n. pl. scrip·to·ri·ums or scrip·to·ri·a (-tôr′ē-ə)
A room in a monastery set aside for the copying, writing, or illuminating of manuscripts and records.

[Medieval Latin scrīptōrium, from Latin scrīptus, past participle of scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -riums or -ria (-rɪə)
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a room, esp in a monastery, set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts
[from Medieval Latin]


(skrɪpˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-)

n., pl. -to•ri•ums, -to•ri•a (-ˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-)
a room, as in a monastery, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied.
[1765–75; < Medieval Latin scrīptōrium; see script]


a room in a monastery for the writing or copying of manuscripts.
See also: Manuscripts
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scriptorium - a room in a monastery that is set aside for writing or copying manuscripts
monastery - the residence of a religious community
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"


n pl <scriptoria> → Schreibstube f (eines Klosters)
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