One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A clerk, scribe, or notary.
clerk, secretary, copyist, transcriber, amanuensis, recorder, record keeperView synonyms
- ‘Bristow, scrivener and the King's clerk, was meticulous in his record keeping.’
- ‘The first entry made by the scrivener for the town of Braga in northern Portugal, on Saturday, 5 February 1569, refers to a petition before the municipal council from Ilena Piriz.’
- ‘John Milton was born on December 9, 1608 on Bread Street in Cheapside, London, England to a scrivener and his wife.’
- ‘The practice also seems to have varied according to region, scrivener, and nature of the document in question.’
- ‘His father, a scrivener, had rebelled against his father's Catholicism to become an Anglican (and been disinherited for his apostasy).’
- ‘It is also not clear why, occasionally, the scrivener found it necessary to record the family connections for some men while not so at other times.’
2A person who invested money at interest for clients and lent funds to those who wanted to raise money on security.
dealer, broker-dealer, agent, negotiator, traffickerView synonyms
- ‘Note also that the scrivener recorded the trade for the male applicant but not for the two female.’
- ‘That was quite a concession, given that they wanted the intent of the erroneous scrivener to prevail in interpretation.’
- ‘Occasionally, courts admitted shopbooks as evidence but the exception normally was narrowly applied to circumstances in which the scrivener was not available to testify.’
Middle English (in scrivener (sense 1 of the noun)): shortening of Old French escrivein, from Latin scriba (see scribe). scrivener (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the early 17th century.
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