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 (skrĭv′ə-nər, skrĭv′nər)
1. A professional copyist; a scribe.
2. One who drafts legal instruments such as contracts and wills.

[Middle English scriveiner, from scrivein, from Old French escrivein, from Vulgar Latin *scrība, scrībān-, from Latin scrība, scribe; see scribe.]
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1. (Professions) a person who writes out deeds, letters, etc; copyist
2. (Professions) a notary
[C14: from scrivein clerk, from Old French escrivain, ultimately from Latin scrība scribe]
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(ˈskrɪv nər)

2. a notary.
[1325–75; Middle English scriveyner=scrivein (< Old French escrivein < Vulgar Latin *scrībānum or *scrībānem, derivative of Latin scrība scribe1) + -er -er1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scrivener - someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscriptsscrivener - someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts
employee - a worker who is hired to perform a job
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n (Hist) → Schreiber m
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References in classic literature ?
He was a simple-looking lawyer's clerk, elevated to the extraordinary dignity of a provincial scrivener. "You are the notary empowered to sell the country house that I wish to purchase, monsieur?" asked Monte Cristo.
His spirit shone through his son, to whom he had always preached of "going out" early in life and whom he made a clerk in a sharp scrivener's office at twelve years old.
His father was a prosperous scrivener, or lawyer of the humbler sort, and a Puritan, but broad-minded, and his children were brought up in the love of music, beauty, and learning.
A few days after he brought the writings of gift, and the scrivener with them, and I signed them very freely, and delivered them to him with a hundred kisses; for sure nothing ever passed between a mother and a tender, dutiful child with more affection.
If, on the other hand, he should have hardened his heart against him, he could only go on his way and do the best he might by his skill as a craftsman and a scrivener. At the end of a year he would be free to return to the cloisters, for such had been his father's bequest.
John Milton was the son of a London scrivener, that is, a kind of lawyer.
I should never have got his consent, on my visit to Scotland, to read in those precious pages for so many hours, had I not promised to designate it by some emphatic mode of printing, as {The Wardour Manuscript}; giving it, thereby, an individuality as important as the Bannatyne MS., the Auchinleck MS., and any other monument of the patience of a Gothic scrivener. I have sent, for your private consideration, a list of the contents of this curious piece, which I shall perhaps subjoin, with your approbation, to the third volume of my Tale, in case the printer's devil should continue impatient for copy, when the whole of my narrative has been imposed.
The two men, thinking they were jesting at first, asked them to come in and sit down, and see what fine houses they were that they had built, and to tell them what rent they demanded; and one of them merrily said if they were the ground-landlords, he hoped if they built tenements upon their land, and made improvements, they would, according to the custom of landlords, grant a long lease: and desired they would get a scrivener to draw the writings.
But yet certain though it be, it hath flaws; for that the scriveners and brokers do value unsound men, to serve their own turn.
Miss Kelly Scrivener, defending, said Hall did not play an important part in the supply chain and was selling to feed a habit which started when he was 12 and 13 and used money earned on a paper round to buy recreational drugs.
He received a five year sentence for robbery in 2008 but Miss Scrivener said he had done well after his release and become the manager of a fast food restaurant in Newcastle before being drawn back into crime.
Fitzpatrick's brilliant 64 saw him take second on 16 under, with Victor Perez and Jason Scrivener sharing third place on 11 under.