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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Back matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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