(here) begins: a word sometimes placed at the beginning of a medieval manuscript
Origin of incipitClassical Latin
the beginning of something; specif., the first words of a medieval manuscript
The opening words of a text, especially when used in place of a title to identify an otherwise untitled work.
Origin of incipitFrom Latin, third person sing. present tense of incipere, to begin; see inception.
- The first few words of a text, especially its first line.
Latin incipit (“it begins”)