Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: the original text (as of a musical score)
Recent Examples on the Web
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'urtext.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
circa 1932, in the meaning defined above
German, from ur- ur- entry 3 + Text text
Keep scrolling for more
Resources for urtext
Time Traveler for urtext
See more words from the same year
More from Merriam-Webster on urtext
Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with urtext
Comments on urtext
What made you want to look up urtext? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
a typical or ideal example
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Find the Cousins
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
'Justice' is our 2018 Word of the Year
Our Word of the Year justice, plus 10 more
Words from the week of 12/14/2018
Yeggs, jackrollers, footpads, and more
How we chose 'justice'
And is one way more correct than the others?
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Identify the word pairs with a common ancestor
SCRABBLE® fans, sharpen your skills!