Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

prefatory

play
adjective pref·a·to·ry \ˈpre-fə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Simple Definition of prefatory

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prefatory

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or constituting a preface <prefatory remarks>

  2. 2 :  located in front

Examples of prefatory in a sentence

  1. The speaker made some prefatory remarks.

  2. Each chapter in the book has a prefatory quotation.



Origin and Etymology of prefatory

Latin praefari


First Known Use: 1675



Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

torrent megillah interruption rebellion
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ