from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who is employed to take dictation or to copy manuscript.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One employed to take dictation, or copy manuscripts
- n. A clerk, secretary or stenographer, or scribe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A person whose employment is to write what another dictates, or to copy what another has written.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person whose employment is to write what another dictates, or to copy what has been written by another.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
Which amanuensis is a drunken, bankrupt village grocer, of whom my son-in-law is one of the defrauded creditors – Mr. L — having intrusted him with about forty pounds 'worth of the plantation rice, to sell on commission for him, which rice, indeed, was sold, but was never accounted for, and as the man is a bankrupt, never will be.
Paul's autograph salutation (so 1Co 16: 21; 2Th 3: 17), attesting that the preceding letter, though written by an amanuensis, is from himself.
Eight to five you never heard the word amanuensis and you never saw a cocklebur.”
The amanuensis was a red-haired young man -- probably a colonial from one of the worlds of Rita's Veil, judging by his accent.
My amanuensis is a gentleman who acted as my aide-de-camp, and I beg you will acquaint his good father that he acquitted himself highly to my satisfaction, and showed himself deserving the stock from which he sprung.
Driven by the "very human desire for philosophical immortality," Bruno recites his life story to a young researcher, his "amanuensis," in a lab where he's being held for murder.
You were added to the list for one reason, John: you added the word "amanuensis" to my vocabulary.
In the screenshot above, I'm using YubNub to do a Google search for the word "amanuensis". posted by Jonathan at
Madison did perform a hugely important function as an "amanuensis," dutifully and painstakingly recording the convention proceedings in what historians today call an accurate and complete stenographic record, the best available.
To these people I have been a kind of amanuensis: they have dictated their stories to me and I have retold them.