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frontispiece

frontispiece

noun fron·tis·piece \ˈfrən-tə-ˌspēs\

: a picture in the front of a book

Full Definition of FRONTISPIECE

1
a :  the principal front of a building
b :  a decorated pediment over a portico or window
2
:  an illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine

Origin of FRONTISPIECE

Middle French frontispice, from Late Latin frontispicium facade, from Latin front-, frons + -i- + specere to look at — more at spy
First Known Use: circa 1598

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