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editio princeps

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noun edi·tio prin·ceps \ā-ˌdi-tē-(ˌ)ō-ˈpriŋ-ˌkeps, i-ˌdi-shē-(ˌ)ō-ˈprin-ˌseps\

Definition of editio princeps

plural edi·ti·o·nes prin·ci·pes play \ā-ˌdi-tē-ˈō-ˌnās-ˈpriŋ-kə-ˌpās, i-ˌdi-shē-ˈō-(ˌ)nēz-ˈprin(t)-sə-ˌpēz\

  1. :  the first printed edition especially of a work that circulated in manuscript before printing became common



Origin of editio princeps

New Latin, literally, first edition


First Known Use: 1802


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