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English definition of “manuscript”

manuscript

noun [C] uk   /ˈmæn.jʊ.skrɪpt/ us  
the original copy of a book or article before it is printed: He sent the 400-page manuscript to his publisher.Pieces of writing an old document or book written by hand in the times before printing was invented: It is thought that the manuscript is the work of a monk and dates from the twelfth century.Kinds of books
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