cor·​ri·​gen·​dum ˌkȯr-ə-ˈjen-dəm How to pronounce corrigendum (audio)
plural corrigenda ˌkȯr-ə-ˈjen-də How to pronounce corrigendum (audio)
: an error in a printed work discovered after printing and shown with its correction on a separate sheet

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If you guessed that "corrigendum" might be connected to the word correct, you are quite right. Both "corrigendum" and "correct" derive from the Latin verb corrigere, which means "to correct." The noun "corrigendum" and its plural "corrigenda" came to us unaltered from Latin in the early 19th century. The verb "correct" is much older; it has been part of our language since at least the 14th century. Other descendants of the very correct "corrigere" include "incorrigible" and "escort."

Word History


Latin, neuter of corrigendus, gerundive of corrigere to correct

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corrigendum was in 1823


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Cite this Entry

“Corrigendum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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