af·​ter·​word ˈaf-tər-ˌwərd How to pronounce afterword (audio)

Examples of afterword in a Sentence

The novel has a foreword by an eminent critic and an afterword by the author herself. the author included an afterword about developments in cancer treatment since the book was written
Recent Examples on the Web Most also contain scholarly introductions or afterwords to situate the texts (and authors) within their historical and literary milieus. Caitie Kelly Angela Koh Natalia Rachlin Natalia Rachlin Erik Morse, New York Times, 3 Aug. 2023 As a brief afterword explains, Winchester worked on the book while hunkered down in his study in western Massachusetts during the coronavirus pandemic, unable to travel for in situ research. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 4 May 2023 In his afterword, Holiday writes of a time when his own courage failed him. Tom Bissell, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Apr. 2023 Gale wrote the introduction and the book also boasts an afterword by director Robert Zemeckis. Clark Collis,, 31 Mar. 2023 In his afterword, excerpted here, Pecknold explains his songwriting process and the lessons he’s learned. Robin Pecknold, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2022 By the afterword, he’s led us through the first year of the Biden administration. Emily Tamkin, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2022 Crouch’s writings, while its afterword is by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s managing and artistic director. Jane Levere, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2023 The afterword of this book is written by Malcolm’s daughter, Anne. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afterword was in 1890

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“Afterword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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