One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A room set apart for writing, especially one in a monastery where manuscripts were copied.
- ‘After all, it was assumed that all monks could read and write. Monasteries also contained libraries and scriptoria, or writing rooms, in which manuscripts were copied.’
- ‘The saga literature of Ireland which has survived from earliest times owes its preservation to the monastic scriptoria.’
- ‘A limited form of mass production was able to be achieved in large scriptoria contained in monasteries.’
- ‘We may have come a long way from monks writing in scriptoria.’
- ‘By the 9th century, most monasteries had writing rooms or scriptoria.’
Late 18th century: from medieval Latin, from Latin script- ‘written’, from the verb scribere.
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