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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.]


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]


(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]
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


n (Hist) → Schreiber m
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But yet certain though it be, it hath flaws; for that the scriveners and brokers do value unsound men, to serve their own turn.
He was a simple-looking lawyer's clerk, elevated to the extraordinary dignity of a provincial scrivener.
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.
John Milton was the son of a London scrivener, that is, a kind of lawyer.
and any other monument of the patience of a Gothic scrivener.
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.