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Noun amanuensis has 1 sense
  1. stenographer, amanuensis, shorthand typist - someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)
    --1 is a kind of secretary, secretarial assistant

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An amanuensis is a person employed to take dictation or writing, or to copy manuscripts.

Sense 1: Professional


1.1 Someone who transcribes written or recorded material; a secretary or a scribe.

1.2 An assistant who helps a person with their writing, typically famous authors, composers, or scholars.

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1. The famous author had an amanuensis who meticulously transcribed all his stories.

2. The composer relied on his amanuensis to notate his musical ideas.

3. The scholar hired an amanuensis to assist in organizing her research papers.

Sense 2: Historical


2.1 In ancient Rome, a slave who wrote correspondence or legal documents for their master.

2.2 A person employed to write or copy manuscripts before the invention of the printing press.

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1. In ancient Rome, an amanuensis played a vital role in administrative tasks for the wealthy.

2. Before the printing press, amanuenses painstakingly copied books by hand.

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