Incipit meaning

ĭnsĭ-pĭt, ĭngkĭ-
The opening words of a text, especially when used in place of a title to identify an otherwise untitled work.
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(here) Begins: a word sometimes placed at the beginning of a medieval manuscript.
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The beginning of something; specif., the first words of a medieval manuscript.
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The first few words of a text, especially its first line.
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Origin of incipit

  • From Latin third person sing. present tense of incipere to begin inception

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin incipit (“it begins”)

    From Wiktionary