- extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.
- the earliest stages or first traces of anything.
Origin of incunabula
Related Words for incunabuluminception, nonage, outset, minority, start, immaturity, beginning, childhood, incunabulum, pupilage
- any book printed before 1501
- the infancy or earliest stages of something; beginnings
Word Origin for incunabula
1861, singular of incunabula; taken up (originally in German) as a word for any book printed late 15c., in the "infancy" of the printer's art.
"swaddling clothes," also, figuratively, "childhood, beginnings;" 1824, from Latin incunabula (neuter plural), ultimately from cunae "cradle," from PIE *koi-na-, from root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch."