from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who copies a piece of writing in large, attractive characters.
  • n. One who takes the whole; a purchaser of such quantities in a market as to raise the price; a forestaller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who copies a writing in large, fair characters.
  • n. One who takes the whole; a person who purchases such quantities of articles in a market as to raise the price; a forestaller.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who takes, or gets control of, the whole; a monopolizer; specifically, a monopolizer of commodities or a commodity of trade or business.
  • n. One who copies a writing in large fair characters, or in an ornamental manner.


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  • “Yes,” replied the two copying-clerks and the engrosser, whose pens forthwith began to creak over the stamped paper, making as much noise in the office as a hundred cockchafers imprisoned by schoolboys in paper cages.

    Le Colonel Chabert

  • What an abbreviator and clawer off of lawsuits, reconciler of differences, examiner and fumbler of bags, peruser of bills, scribbler of rough drafts, and engrosser of deeds would he not make!

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The engrosser was looked upon as the natural enemy of the poor; and the power of the trading class was justly reckoned so great, that in cases of doubt prices were always fixed low rather than high.

    An Essay on Mediaeval Economic Teaching

  • Indeed, the last and most valuable of these waste spaces, the New Forest itself, might have entirely disappeared had not Charles I. (the last king in England to attempt a repression of the landed class) so forcibly urged the local engrosser to disgorge as to compel him, with Hampden and the rest, to a burning zeal for political liberty.

    The Historic Thames

  • The scarcity of Groser, grocer, is not surprising, for the word, aphetic for engrosser, originally meaning a wholesale dealer, one who sold en gros, is of comparatively late occurrence.

    The Romance of Names

  • You should, in compassion, cease to be such an engrosser, my dear Isabel, or at least set up shop, and sell off all the goods you do not mean to keep for your own use. ''

    The Black Dwarf

  • Consequently, New York must have signed the original Declaration before it had gone into the hands of the engrosser.

    Reminiscences and Memoirs of North Carolina and Eminent North Carolinians

  • But although Robin laughed at the droll sight, he knew the wayfarer to be a certain rich corn engrosser of Worksop, who more than once had bought all the grain in the countryside and held it till it reached even famine prices, thus making much money from the needs of poor people, and for this he was hated far and near by everyone that knew aught of him.

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

  • His friend Gondomar, the Spanish ambassador, once called him an "engrosser of antiquities."

    Studies from Court and Cloister: being essays, historical and literary dealing mainly with subjects relating to the XVIth and XVIIth centuries

  • "Then please," entreated Hubert, "take him away," pointing to the engrosser of their mother.

    Clever Woman of the Family


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  • Not just any calligrapher or illuminator, I'd guess, but one who is particularly absorbed in the work.

    September 23, 2008