manuscript noun

1 copy of a book that has not yet been printed

ADJ. original | autograph, handwritten the original autograph manuscript of the poem | unpublished | unfinished | literary, music/musical

QUANT. copy I only have one copy of the manuscript.

VERB + MANUSCRIPT write | type | edit, revise | submit (for publication) He submitted the manuscript to an editor at Longman. | accept/reject (for publication) He was delighted when the manuscript was accepted for publication.

PREP. in ~ Her autobiography remained in manuscript (= was not published).

2 very old book/document, written by hand

ADJ. ancient, early, medieval | contemporary One contemporary manuscript shows Henry II crowned by the hand of Christ. | rare | surviving the surviving manuscript of ‘Beowulf’ | illuminated

MANUSCRIPT + VERB survive earlier manuscripts which no longer survive