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[ih-rah-tuh, ih-rey-, ih-rat-uh]
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  1. plural of erratum.
  2. a list of errors and their corrections inserted, usually on a separate page or slip of paper, in a book or other publication; corrigenda.
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Origin of errata

First recorded in 1625–35

Usage note

Errata is originally the plural of the singular Latin noun erratum. Like many such borrowed nouns ( agenda; candelabra ), it came by the mid-17th century to be used as a singular noun, meaning “a list of errors or corrections to be made (in a book).” Despite objections by some to this singular use, it is common in standard English: The errata begins on page 237. When errata clearly means “errors,” it takes plural verbs and pronouns: Although errata were frequent in the first printing, most of them were corrected in subsequent printings. As a singular noun, errata has developed an English plural form erratas, which is rarely used.


[ih-rah-tuh m, ih-rey-, ih-rat-uh m]
noun, plural er·ra·ta [ih-rah-tuh, ih-rey-, ih-rat-uh] /ɪˈrɑ tə, ɪˈreɪ-, ɪˈræt ə/.
  1. an error in writing or printing.
  2. a statement of an error and its correction inserted, usually on a separate page or slip of paper, in a book or other publication; corrigendum.
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Origin of erratum

1580–90; < Latin, noun use of errātum wandered, erred, strayed (neuter past participle of errāre). See err, -ate1

Usage note

See errata.
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Examples from the Web for errata

Historical Examples

  • Those mentioned in the Errata at the end of the book are hyperlinked to that section.

    The Sceptical Chymist

    Robert Boyle

  • The extent of these ancient lists of errata staggers belief.

    The Booklover and His Books

    Harry Lyman Koopman

  • The errata have been corrected the same way, except that they are underlined in blue.

  • There were 1500 errata in the work, and a special charge of £2, 4s.

  • The Errata page above is transcribed from the original text.

    Pung Chow

    Lew Lysle Harr

British Dictionary definitions for errata


  1. the plural of erratum
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noun plural -ta (-tə)
  1. an error in writing or printing
  2. another name for corrigendum
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin: mistake, from errāre to err
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for errata


plural of erratum (q.v.).

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"list of corrections attached to a printed book," 1580s, from Latin erratum (plural errata), neuter past participle of errare (see err).

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