noun pre·am·ble \ˈprē-ˌam-bəl, prē-ˈ\

: a statement that is made at the beginning of something (such as a legal document) and usually gives the reasons for the parts that follow

: something that comes before and leads to something else

Full Definition of PREAMBLE

:  an introductory statement; especially :  the introductory part of a constitution or statute that usually states the reasons for and intent of the law
:  an introductory fact or circumstance; especially :  one indicating what is to follow

Examples of PREAMBLE

  1. The preamble to the U.S. Constitution begins by saying We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, ….
  2. His early travels were just a preamble to his later adventures.

Origin of PREAMBLE

Middle English, from Middle French preambule, from Medieval Latin preambulum, from Late Latin, neuter of praeambulus walking in front of, from Latin prae- + ambulare to walk
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PREAMBLE

PREAMBLE Defined for Kids


noun pre·am·ble \ˈprē-ˌam-bəl\

Definition of PREAMBLE for Kids

:  an introduction (as to a law) that often gives the reasons for what follows


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