the start or opening words associated with text of a medieval manuscript or very early imprinted book.
1st few terms of a text, specially its first-line.
The basic terms of a novel or element of a book. Compare explicit, n.
‘(Here) beginneth’: 1st term in an initial formula typical in medieval manuscripts and very early printed books, introducing the subject or title associated with the work or of preface or any other section of it: because, “Incipit preambulum”; “Incipit prologus in libellum qui dicitur Promptorius Parvulorum,” etc. Compare explicit, verb