frontispiece

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

Definition of frontispiece 

1a : 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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Each chapter begins with a handsome frontispiece and a full-page illustration in a style reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts Movement, and each has its own floral motif. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: So Much to See—and Talk About," 12 July 2018 The facade features four thick pillars support a covered porch, a balcony and an ornate frontispiece. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Jimmy Rollins hits one into the stratosphere in Encino’s luxury home market," 25 Jan. 2018 Sarah Weinman and Joe Lansdale both contribute pressing stories that pivot smartly against the expectation their frontispieces create. Charles Finch, USA TODAY, "Famous paintings inspire colorful stories by famed mystery writers," 19 Dec. 2017 Thror’s Map, which Tolkien himself drew and which his characters use as a guide to get into the Mountain, may look like the map of Treasure Island that Robert Louis Stevenson included as a frontispiece in his 1883 novel. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "Here at the End of All Things," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of frontispiece

circa 1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frontispiece

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

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frontispiece

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English Language Learners Definition of frontispiece

: a picture in the front of a book

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