back matter

noun

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.
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First Known Use of back matter

circa 1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Back matter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/back%20matter. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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back matter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of back matter

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

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