[ in-si-pit; Latin ing-ki-pit ]

  1. the introductory words or opening phrases in the text of a medieval manuscript or an early printed book.

  2. Music. the first words of a chanted liturgical text, as that of a Gregorian chant or certain medieval motets.

Origin of incipit

1895–1900; <Latin: (here) begins, 3rd singular present indicative of incipere

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British Dictionary definitions for incipit


/ Latin (ˈɪnkɪpɪt) /

  1. here begins: used as an introductory word at the beginning of some medieval manuscripts

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