fore·​word | \ ˈfȯr-(ˌ)wərd How to pronounce foreword (audio) \

Definition of foreword

: prefatory comments (as for a book) especially when written by someone other than the author

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the editor makes some good points in the foreword about the author's life, so be sure to read it
Recent Examples on the Web Jaffe wrote, in the foreword to the 2005 reissue of her novel. Michele Moses, The New Yorker, "Rona Jaffe’s “The Best of Everything” Is Still One of Our Sharpest Portraits of Female Desire," 10 Feb. 2020 Whoopi Goldberg wrote the foreword for Supreme Glamour. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Mary Wilson Talks New Book 'Supreme Glamour,' Finding The Supremes' Gowns Around the World & 'DWTS' Fashion," 16 Sep. 2019 The foreword to the book is by Anthony Haden-Guest, the British-American writer, critic and social observer based in New York City. Rick Kogan,, "Brave book ‘Chicagohoodz’ offers an illustrated history, of sorts, of Chicago street gangs," 26 Aug. 2019 Most recently, that took the form of writing a thoughtful foreword for a publication by Mayhew, an animal welfare charity and patronage of Meghan's. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reflects on Being a "Proud Rescue Dog Owner" for Mayhew, Her Animal Welfare Patronage," 18 June 2019 Below The Hollywood Reporter shares the cover and a foreword written by Lloyd: My thoughts often go back to August 2009. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Modern Family' Oral History Book Release Timed to Series Finale," 10 Jan. 2020 In the book’s foreword, Beals reflects on the show’s six seasons. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Jennifer Beals and the Perennial Urgency of The L Word," 8 Dec. 2019 Luis Muriel has never scored more than 11 league goals in a season, the foreword and first three chapters of his story have been written., "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 11," 28 Oct. 2019 As Cage explains in a foreword to Richard Bunger’s The Well-Prepared Piano, he was inspired to begin altering the piano while working as an accompanist for a dance class in Seattle. Rachel Hawley, Smithsonian, "How Composer John Cage Transformed the Piano—With the Help of Some Household Objects," 27 June 2017

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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: a section at the beginning of a book that introduces the book and is usually written by someone other than the book's author


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