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 original | autograph, handwritten the original autograph manuscript of the poem | unpublished | unfinished | literary, music/musical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