a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another; secretary.
Contemporary Examples

“Dora you will perceive is now my amanuensis,” wrote her father.
The Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard March 25, 2010

At Newsweek he dueled with his economic nemesis, Paul Samuelson, the amanuensis of the Keynesian revolution.
Nicholas Wapshott: A Lovefest Between Milton Friedman and J.M. Keynes Nicholas Wapshott July 29, 2012

Historical Examples

They appointed me clerk of that Committee on Conchology and then allowed me no amanuensis to play billiards with.
Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

To Louise was consigned the office of librarian; to Petrea that of amanuensis.
The Home Fredrika Bremer

The person who had succeeded him, in the capacity of that lady’s amanuensis, had been evidently capable of giving sound advice.
Heart and Science Wilkie Collins

The letters w and v are used indiscriminately by Knox’s amanuensis.
The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6) John Knox

The amanuensis sits opposite to me writing to her offspring.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) Robert Louis Stevenson

They exchanged experiences—he his desire to have an amanuensis, and she hers, to be one.
The Essays of “George Eliot” George Eliot

His sister, except in the instance of Colombe, was Browning’s amanuensis.
Robert Browning Edward Dowden

This clause, omitted by Knox’s amanuensis, is not contained in Vautr.
The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6) John Knox

noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
a person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts

“one who takes dictation,” 1610s, from Latin amanuensis “adjective used as a noun,” from servus a manu “secretary,” literally “servant from the hand,” from a “from” + manu, ablative of manus “hand” (see manual (adj.)).


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