[kod-uh-suh l]


a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will.
any supplement; appendix.

Origin of codicil

1375–1425; late Middle English < Late Latin cōdicillus (in Latin, commonly in plural only), equivalent to Latin cōdic- (stem of cōdex) codex + -illus diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of codicil

Historical Examples of codicil

  • The codicil was written and signed with the Admiral's own hand.

  • “I think I quite understand the nature of the codicil,” the solicitor said.

    The Nebuly Coat

    John Meade Falkner

  • But for nearly a week Moya added a codicil silently to her prayer.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • (Oct. 15) Adds a codicil to his will with a few alterations of bequests.

    Luca Signorelli

    Maud Cruttwell

  • I was goin' to take this to Ferret on my way home—and it's the codicil to my will, this is.

British Dictionary definitions for codicil



law a supplement modifying a will or revoking some provision of it
an additional provision; appendix
Derived Formscodicillary (ˌkɒdɪˈsɪlərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for codicil

C15: from Late Latin cōdicillus, literally: a little book, diminutive of codex
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Word Origin and History for codicil

early 15c., from Middle French codicille, from Latin codicillus "a short writing, a small writing tablet," diminutive of codex (genitive codicis), see code (n.).

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