frontispiece

noun fron·tis·piece \ ˈfrən-tə-ˌspēs \

Definition of frontispiece

1 a :the principal front of a building
b :a decorated pediment over a portico or window
2 :an illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine

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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


FRONTISPIECE Defined for English Language Learners

frontispiece

noun

Definition of frontispiece for English Language Learners

  • : a picture in the front of a book



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