n. (sing. abbr. ms, pl. abbr. mss)a handwritten documentan unpublished documentAPPM2 1989, 1.0AAny text in handwriting or typescript (including printed forms completed by hand or typewriter) which may or may not be part of a collection of such texts. Examples of manuscripts are letters, diaries, ledgers, minutes, speeches, marked or corrected galley or page proofs, manuscript books, and legal papers.an author’s draft of a book, article, or other work submitted for publication
Manuscript1 is principally text or musical notation on paper, but may be supplemented by drawings. Typewritten documents are generally classified as manuscripts but are more accurately described as typescripts.