Definition of urtext in English:


Pronunciation /ˈo͝orˌtekst/ /ˈʊrˌtɛkst/

nounurtexte, urtexts

  • An original or the earliest version of a text, to which later versions can be compared.

    • ‘What has often been touted, then, as the preeminent postmodern urtext actually represents a simultaneous attempt to reestablish the authority of the author, the center of the subject, and the literary traditions of an earlier period.’


From German.