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

Word History


New Latin, literally, first edition

First Known Use

1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of editio princeps was in 1750

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“Editio princeps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/editio%20princeps. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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