errata

[ih-rah-tuh, ih-rey-, ih-rat-uh]

noun

plural of erratum.
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.

erratum

[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/.

an error in writing or printing.
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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for errata

errata

noun

the plural of erratum

erratum

noun plural -ta (-tə)

an error in writing or printing
another name for corrigendum

Word Origin for erratum

C16: from Latin: mistake, from errāre to err
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Word Origin and History for errata
n.

plural of erratum (q.v.).

erratum

n.

"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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