the introductory words or opening phrases in the text of a medieval manuscript or an early printed book.
Music. the first words of a chanted liturgical text, as that of a Gregorian chant or certain medieval motets.
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How to use incipit in a sentence
I am read by journalists, by my fellow-novelists, and by boys; with these, incipit et explicit my vogue.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
She got up early the next morning, and wrote in her diary, "incipit vita nova!"The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres
Inprimis incipit a loco ubi Gernesheim marcha adjungitur ad Hephenheim marcham,' &c.The English Village Community | Frederic Seebohm
incipit libellus de ludo Scaccorum, et de dictis factisque nobilium virorum, philosophorum et antiquorum.Game and Playe of the Chesse | Caxton
Apicii Celii epimeles incipit liber primus conditum paradoxum.Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome | Apicius
British Dictionary definitions for incipit
here begins: used as an introductory word at the beginning of some medieval manuscripts
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