editio princeps

noun
edi·​tio prin·​ceps | \ ā-ˌdi-tē-(ˌ)ō-ˈpriŋ-ˌkeps How to pronounce editio princeps (audio) , i-ˌdi-shē-(ˌ)ō-ˈprin-ˌseps How to pronounce editio princeps (audio) \
plural editiones principes\ ā-​ˌdi-​tē-​ˈō-​ˌnās-​ˈpriŋ-​kə-​ˌpās How to pronounce editiones principes (audio) , i-​ˌdi-​shē-​ˈō-​(ˌ)nēz-​ˈprin(t)-​sə-​ˌpēz How to pronounce editiones principes (audio) \

Definition of editio princeps

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

First Known Use of editio princeps

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for editio princeps

New Latin, literally, first edition

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