from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who makes written copies.

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  • n. a person who makes written copies of manuscripts; a scrivener or scribe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A copier; a transcriber; an imitator; a plagiarist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A copier; a transcriber; an imitator; specifically, one whose occupation is to transcribe documents or other manuscripts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts


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copy +‎ -ist


  • The mention of her shows that the writer of the tale or the copyist was a Cairene: Abd al-Kadir is world-known: not so the “Sitt.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • It has to be because he is a copyist, that is the word.


  • The colophon [the title page] named the copyist as Udo of Aachen, and I just had to find out more about this guy.

    The Mandelbrot Monk

  • You are reduced to taking the worms and moths into your confidence; their activity is your sole clue to the value of a book; as to the accuracy and fidelity of the copyist, that is quite beyond you.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

  • In the monastery all such labour was gratuitous, that is, the copyist received no pecuniary remuneration, only his food and lodging.

    Illuminated Manuscripts

  • The mention of her shows that the writer of the tale or the copyist was a

    Arabian nights. English

  • a silly and ridiculous orator, but should find fault with his voice, and chide him for injuring his throat by drinking cold water; or like a person bidden to read some wretched composition, who should merely find fault with the thickness of the paper, and call the copyist a dirty and careless fellow.

    Plutarch's Morals

  • Purcell was appointed "copyist" of Westminster Abbey, whatever post that may have been.


  • In the White House he wrote hundreds of personal letters, and obediently kept an eight-year diary, but the handwritten sentences, while graceful and grammatical never an erasure, never a flaw of spelling or punctuation! are about as revelatory of the man behind them as the calligraphy of a copyist.

    Paul Slansky: Spoiler Alert! I Was Not a Reagan Fan

  • TV ads use heroic images of the past to promote Kentucky Fried Chicken, Xiao Ling is transformed from an artist into a copyist turning out endless versions of a Van Gogh self-portrait, and Pierre's apartment is being requisitioned for ruthless urban development.

    Blue Dragon - review


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