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noun pref·ace \ˈpre-fəs\

: an introduction to a book or speech

Full Definition of PREFACE

1
often capitalized :  a variable doxology beginning with the Sursum Corda and ending with the Sanctus in traditional eucharistic liturgies
2
:  the introductory remarks of a speaker or author

Examples of PREFACE

  1. The book's preface was written by the author.
  2. <a noted critic has written a short preface to her story to explain some of the historical background>

Origin of PREFACE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin prephatia, alteration of Latin praefation-, praefatio foreword, from praefari to say beforehand, from prae- pre- + fari to say — more at ban
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Printing Terms

epigraph, errata, leader, mechanical, notch, tittle, underscore, widow

2preface

verb

: to introduce (a piece of writing, a speech, a remark, etc.) by writing or saying something

pref·acedpref·ac·ing

Full Definition of PREFACE

intransitive verb
:  to make introductory remarks
transitive verb
1
:  to say or write as preface <a note prefaced to the manuscript>
2
3
:  to introduce by or begin with a preface
4
:  to stand in front of <a porch prefaces the entrance>
5
:  to be a preliminary to
pref·ac·er noun

First Known Use of PREFACE

1619

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