Definition of incipit in English:


Line breaks: in|cipit
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnsɪpɪt


  • The opening of a manuscript, early printed book, or chanted liturgical text. Compare with explicit.
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    • The resolution of the facsimile at high magnification is not clear enough to see the detail of the incipits, but it is fascinating to discover more about this shadowy publication.
    • Manual and printed collections of incipits permit only one type of inquiry: by the first word.
    • The scripts are accessed through forms which allow you to specify the manuscripts, feasts or incipits which interest you.


Latin, literally '(here) begins'.

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