Definition of scrivener in English:



  • 1A clerk, scribe, or notary.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bristow, scrivener and the King's clerk, was meticulous in his record keeping.’
    • ‘The practice also seems to have varied according to region, scrivener, and nature of the document in question.’
    clerk, secretary, copyist, transcriber, amanuensis, recorder, record keeper
  • 2A person who invested money at interest for clients and lent funds to those who wanted to raise money on security.

    • ‘Note also that the scrivener recorded the trade for the male applicant but not for the two female.’
    • ‘Occasionally, courts admitted shopbooks as evidence but the exception normally was narrowly applied to circumstances in which the scrivener was not available to testify.’
    • ‘That was quite a concession, given that they wanted the intent of the erroneous scrivener to prevail in interpretation.’
    dealer, broker-dealer, agent, negotiator, trafficker


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.