frontispiece

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noun fron·tis·piece \ˈfrən-tə-ˌspēs\

Definition of frontispiece

  1. 1a :  the principal front of a buildingb :  a decorated pediment over a portico or window

  2. 2 :  an illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine

Origin and Etymology of frontispiece

Middle French frontispice, from Late Latin frontispicium facade, from Latin front-, frons + -i- + specere to look at — more at spy


First Known Use: circa 1598


FRONTISPIECE Defined for English Language Learners

frontispiece

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noun fron·tis·piece \ˈfrən-tə-ˌspēs\

Definition of frontispiece for English Language Learners

  • : a picture in the front of a book



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