from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A legible manuscript of a written work, often in the author's own hand and usually representing the work's revised and corrected form prior to publication.

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  • noun A handwritten document that has been written neatly and correctly without scratch-outs and revisions.

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  • noun a clean copy of a corrected draft


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  • Another and final deception would come with the Fair Copy in which, for a short while, calligraphy, vellum paper, and India ink beautified a dead doggerel. And to think that for almost five years I kept trying and kept getting caught—until I fired that painted, pregnant, meek, miserable little assistant!

    —Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins!‎ p. 44

    June 7, 2009