1. A public clerk or secretary, especially in ancient times.
2. A professional copyist of manuscripts and documents.
3. A writer or journalist.
4. See scriber.
v. scribed, scrib·ing, scribes
1. To mark with a scriber.
2. To write or inscribe.
To work as a scribe.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin scrība, from Latin, keeper of accounts, secretary, from scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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