urtext

noun
ur·​text | \ ˈu̇r-ˌtekst How to pronounce urtext (audio) \

Definition of urtext

: the original text (as of a musical score)

Examples of urtext in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The urtext of film history that inspired the careers of dozens of film historians, including this one. Scott Eyman, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2020 Starring a slick-haired Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman at her most serene, Gattaca is a deserved cult classic, a highlight in the hubristic-humans-playing-God subgenre, the urtext for any discussion of the slippery slope toward eugenics. Darryn King, WIRED, 4 May 2018 First published in 1976, this is the classic, the urtext, the model for a memoir by an angry or repentant former political official. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Apr. 2018 The Compleat Angler Published in 1653, Izaak Walton's treatise on fly-fishing and its pleasures is widely viewed as the sport's urtext. Jon Gluck, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of urtext

circa 1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for urtext

German, from ur- ur- entry 3 + Text text

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“Urtext.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urtext. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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