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prolegomenon

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noun pro·le·gom·e·non \ˌprō-li-ˈgä-mə-ˌnän, -nən\

Definition of prolegomenon

plural pro·le·gom·e·naplay \-nə\

  1. :  prefatory remarks; specifically :  a formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work

pro·le·gom·e·nous play \-nəs\ adjective


Origin of prolegomenon

Greek, neuter present passive participle of prolegein to say beforehand, from pro- before + legein to say — more at legend


First Known Use: circa 1652


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