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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Walton authored the foreword to a book Tennant published in 2014. Emily Caron,, "Investigation Closed Into Allegations of Sexual Assault Against Kings' Luke Walton," 23 Aug. 2019 The couple wrote the foreword to his book and had a contest offering the chance to win free tickets to their shows for life for fans willing to become more plant-based. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Beyoncé reveals weight when she started her Coachella diet," 25 July 2019 Contributors include literary heavyweights like Alexander Chee, T Kira Madden, Sharlene Teo and Esmé Weijun Wang, with a foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Rosa Boshier, Washington Post, "Ten books that explain the complicated nostalgia of being a child of diaspora," 17 June 2019 That book, released in February, featured a foreword by Mann. Michael Schaub,, "Michael Mann’s novel based on ‘Heat’ will be released next year," 8 July 2019 In the foreword, Isabel Allende writes about her bi-cultural upbringing. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Recipes of 17 countries in book by immigrant, female chefs visiting metro Detroit," 18 June 2019 The Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed son Archie with Prince Harry on May 6, wrote the foreword for Mayhew’s annual report. Stephanie Petit,, "Meghan Markle Talks About the 'Joy' of Adopting an Animal in Foreword Written for Mayhew Patronage," 17 June 2019 Now, the duchess has written an impassioned foreword for Mayhew's annual review. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Duchess of Sussex Opens Up About Pet Adoption in Foreword Penned for Animal Charity," 17 June 2019 The book features a touching foreword by Jacobs’s muse and longtime friend, Sofia Coppola, and is filled with illustrations (by Vogue's Grace Coddington) of select looks from every Marc Jacobs collection dating back to 1993. Vogue, "Marc Jacobs, Grace Coddington, and Sofia Coppola Celebrate "Marc Jacobs Illustrated" with an Uptown Book Signing," 23 May 2019

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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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