Definition of PREAMBLE

a performance, activity, or event that precedes and sets the stage for the main event <the round of hors d'oeuvres was merely the preamble to an evening of lavish feasting>
Related Words countdown, run-up [chiefly British]; lead-in; kickoff, start
a short section (as of a book) that leads to or explains the main part <an insightful analysis of the preamble to the Constitution of the United States>
Antonyms epilogue (also epilog)

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