Share this entry

Share this page

incunabulum

Syllabification: in·cu·nab·u·lum
Pronunciation: /ˌinkyəˈnabyələm
 
/

Definition of incunabulum in English:

noun (plural incunabula /ˌinkyəˈnabyələ/)

An early printed book, especially one printed before 1501.
Example sentences
  • In the Library of the Monastery there are some precious incunabulas and a copy of the Bohoric grammar.
  • The Division of Special Collections maintains a small collection of incunabula and early printed material.
  • This site is dedicated to the historical incunabulas and old prints of the Bohemian origin.

Origin

early 19th century: from Latin incunabula (neuter plural), 'swaddling clothes, cradle', from in- 'into' + cunae 'cradle'.

Derivatives

incunabulist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Problems and methods addressed by incunabulists will consequently be presented in a historiographical context, but the course will have a practical bias and will be comprehensively illustrated.
  • The age of diary-keeping and of scrapbooks seems to have passed and we do not encounter many annalists or archivists or incunabulists.
  • His books are prized by incunabulists and collectors for their intrinsic ability to convey, in a far more compact format than the usual fifteenth century folio, what once required far more space, owed to the exacting standards of clarity of Bevilaqua's Press.

Words that rhyme with incunabulum

pabulum

Definition of incunabulum in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…