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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Synonyms & Antonyms for foreword


exordium, intro, introduction, preamble, preface, prelude, proem, prologue (also prolog), prolusion


epilogue (also epilog)

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Examples of foreword in a Sentence

the editor makes some good points in the foreword about the author's life, so be sure to read it

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That led to a foreword by Leahy for an earlier Batman anthology. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Batman fan Sen. Patrick Leahy writes comic book’s foreword," 30 Mar. 2019 Leahy, who turns 79 on Sunday and has had small roles in five Batman movies, wrote the foreword to the anniversary edition. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Batman fan Sen. Patrick Leahy writes comic book’s foreword," 30 Mar. 2019 The cookbook, for which Markle wrote the foreword of, features recipes from a group of women who's community was affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Watch and Swoon as Prince Harry Fixes Meghan Markle's Hair After the Wind Messed It Up," 20 Sep. 2018 On sale September 25, the cookbook features a three-page foreword from the Duchess. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Just Announced a New Project: A Cookbook," 17 Sep. 2018 This is a handsome, hefty volume, filled out by period illustrations (in both color and black-and-white), with a foreword by the knowledgeable Mr. Klinger. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "What to Give: Mysteries," 15 Nov. 2018 In his foreword, the novelist Jonathan Lethem describes Mr. Coppola as the polar opposite of a graffiti vandal. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "New York, the Global Capital of Protest," 16 May 2018 Now, Meghan has written the foreword to a new book, with recipes created by the cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen initiative, who support residents affected by the Grenfell fire, as well as others in the community. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Supports Charity Cookbook for Victims of Grenfell Tragedy in Her First Solo Project as a Royal Family Member," 17 Sep. 2018 In her first solo project as a royal, Meghan has written the foreword to a cookbook called Together: Our Community Cookbook. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Friends Are Sending Sweet Messages of Support for Her First Solo Project," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of foreword

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of foreword

: 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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