editio princeps

[ e-dit-i-oh pring-keps; English ih-dish-ee-oh prin-seps ]
/ ɛˈdɪt ɪˌoʊ ˈprɪŋ kɛps; English ɪˈdɪʃ iˌoʊ ˈprɪn sɛps /

noun, plural e·di·ti·o·nes prin·ci·pes [e-dit-i-oh-nes pring-ki-pes; English ih-dish-ee-oh-neez prin-suh-peez] /ɛˌdɪt ɪˈoʊ nɛs ˈprɪŋ kɪˌpɛs; English ɪˌdɪʃ iˈoʊ niz ˈprɪn səˌpiz/. Latin.

first edition.

Nearby words

  1. edit,
  2. edit trace,
  3. edit.,
  4. edith,
  5. edith cavell,
  6. edition,
  7. edition binding,
  8. editor,
  9. editor in chief,
  10. editorial

facile princeps

[ fah-ki-le pring-keps; English fas-uh-lee prin-seps ]
/ ˈfɑ kɪˌlɛ ˈprɪŋ kɛps; English ˈfæs ə li ˈprɪn sɛps /


easily the first or best.
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British Dictionary definitions for princeps

editio princeps

/ Latin (ɪˈdɪʃɪəʊ ˈprɪnsɛps) /

noun plural editiones principes (ɪˌdɪʃɪˈəʊniːz ˈprɪnsɪˌpiːz)

the first printed edition of a work

facile princeps

/ Latin (ˈfæsɪlɪ ˈprɪnsɛps) /


an obvious leader

Word Origin for facile princeps

literally: easily first

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Word Origin and History for princeps

facile princeps

Latin, literally "easily first." An acknowledged leader or chief.

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Medicine definitions for princeps


[ prĭnsĕps′ ]


Principal; main. Used in anatomy to distinguish several arteries.

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