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[ih-rah-tuh m, ih-rey-, ih-rat-uh m]
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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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Related Words

error, mistake, typo

Examples from the Web for erratum

Historical Examples

  • Yet all this terrible reproach is only founded on an Erratum!

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Isaac D'Israeli

  • It must be confessed that this was an accident or misfortune—rather than an Erratum!

  • Page 78: "Ackermann's" has been corrected in accordance with the Erratum on page xviii.

    Mazes and Labyrinths

    W. H. Matthews

  • The erratum noted after the list of illustrations has been fixed.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • In this Project Gutenberg eText the erratum has been applied.

British Dictionary definitions for erratum


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 erratum


"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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