back matter


Definition of back matter

: matter following the main text of a book

Examples of back matter in a Sentence

A list of geographical names appears in the back matter of the dictionary.
Recent Examples on the Web The text and stock photos will appeal to older children, but there's also back matter that dives deeper into each type of dormancy. Star Tribune, 11 Mar. 2021 Tucked away in the back matter, there’s a tragic coda. Constance Grady, Vox, 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of back matter

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back matter was circa 1922

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“Back matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of back matter

: the pages at the end of a book following the main part


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