- A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
- An artifact of an early period.
Origin of incunabulumNew Latin incūnābulum, from sing. of Latin incūnābula, swaddling clothes, cradle : in-, in; see in–2 + cūnābula, cradle, infancy (from cūnae, cradle; see kei- in Indo-European roots).
- A book, single sheet, or image that was printed — not handwritten — before the year 1501 in Europe.
- This word is better known, and more widely used, in its plural form, incunabula.
Variant of incunabula
plural nounsing. incunabulum
- the very first stages of anything; infancy; beginnings
- early printed books; esp., books printed before 1500
Origin of incunabulaClassical Latin neuter plural , swaddling clothes, cradle origin ; from in-, in + cunabula, neuter plural , a cradle, diminutive of cunae, feminine plural , a cradle ; from Indo-European an unverified form oinā, bed ; from base an unverified form kei-, to lie down from source home