incipit

noun
in·​ci·​pit | \ ˈin(t)-sə-pət How to pronounce incipit (audio) , ˈiŋ-kə-ˌpit; in-ˈsi-pət, -ˈki- How to pronounce incipit (audio) \

Definition of incipit

: the first part : beginning specifically : the opening words of a text of a medieval manuscript or early printed book

First Known Use of incipit

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incipit

Latin, it begins, from incipere

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“Incipit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incipit. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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