prefatory


pref·a·to·ry

adjective \ˈpre-fə-ˌtr-ē\

: included at the beginning of a book, speech, etc., as an introduction

Full Definition of PREFATORY

1
:  of, relating to, or constituting a preface <prefatory remarks>
2
:  located in front

Examples of PREFATORY

  1. The speaker made some prefatory remarks.
  2. Each chapter in the book has a prefatory quotation.

Origin of PREFATORY

Latin praefari
First Known Use: 1675

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: prefect
Previous Word in the Dictionary: prefatorily
All Words Near: prefatory

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up prefatory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More