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frontispiece

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noun fron·tis·piece \ˈfrən-tə-ˌspēs\

Simple Definition of frontispiece

  • : a picture in the front of a book

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of frontispiece

  1. 1 a :  the principal front of a building b :  a decorated pediment over a portico or window

  2. 2 :  an illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine

Origin and Etymology 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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