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editio princeps

[e-dit-i-oh pring-keps; English ih-dish-ee-oh prin-seps]
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.
  1. first edition.
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facile princeps

[fah-ki-le pring-keps; English fas-uh-lee prin-seps]
Latin.
  1. easily the first or best.
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Examples from the Web for princeps

Historical Examples

  • The book has, therefore, no claim to rank as a Borrow princeps.

    A Bibliography of the writings in Prose and Verse of George Henry Borrow

    Thomas J. Wise

  • Obverse—the profile of the princess with the legend 'Natalia, Princeps Czern.

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling

  • Are you so happy as to be related to the author of the Princeps?

    Cinq Mars, Complete

    Alfred de Vigny

  • In principle we may regard him as the princeps of a comitatus.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • If Ammodramus princeps was at Ipswich, why should it not be at other similar places?

    A Rambler's lease

    Bradford Torrey


British Dictionary definitions for princeps

editio princeps

noun plural editiones principes (ɪˌdɪʃɪˈəʊniːz ˈprɪnsɪˌpiːz)
  1. the first printed edition of a work
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facile princeps

noun
  1. an obvious leader
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Word Origin

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

princeps in Medicine

princeps

(prĭnsĕps′)
adj.
  1. Principal; main. Used in anatomy to distinguish several arteries.
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