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

There were also three mayors under the maître échevin and a number of “amans” or amanuenses, answering to modern notaries.
Odd Bits of History Henry W. Wolff

My amanuenses, my copyists, in Washington, have cost me a mint of money.
The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864 Various

Milton dictated that immortal poem, “Paradise Lost,” his daughters being his amanuenses; but Milton was then blind.
Genius in Sunshine and Shadow Maturin Murray Ballou

Beyond a question more writers than we ever dreamed are only amanuenses of the Astute Author.
Is the Devil a Myth? C. F. Wimberly

A great man thinks a thought in the presence of two amanuenses, provided I am right in spelling the plural in that way.
A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye

He employed six amanuenses, not a large number of assistants for a task of such magnitude.
Macaulay’s Life of Samuel Johnson Thomas Babington Macaulay

He handed me three letters, all from men who once were slaves, not written by them individually, but by amanuenses.
The Boys of ’61 Charles Carleton Coffin.

When the expence of amanuenses and paper, and other articles are deducted, his clear profit was very inconsiderable.
The Story of Doctor Johnson S. C. (Sydney Castle) Roberts

The custom of employing women as amanuenses has grown very largely of late years.
Work for Women George J. Manson

If I had been doing my work in the city, he could have found me stenographers, amanuenses, or type-writers by the hundred.
The House of Martha Frank R. Stockton

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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