fron·​tis·​piece | \ ˈfrən-tə-ˌspēs How to pronounce frontispiece (audio) \

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

Examples of frontispiece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cover and frontispiece, seen here for the first time, was designed by Grace Han, who used a font that was initially developed for movie credits and posters., 26 Feb. 2021 Reuwich contributed multiple illustrations to Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam: among others, a figurative frontispiece, six panoramic views of Mediterranean towns, and drawings of animals both real and imagined. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 9 Oct. 2019 An ornate frontispiece creates visual interest above the front door. Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2019 In addition to reviews and blurbs, Whitman commissioned a steel engraving of himself as a frontispiece to convey an image of the muscular, rough American poet. Elaine Showalter, The New York Review of Books, 27 May 2019 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, 12 July 2018 The facade features four thick pillars support a covered porch, a balcony and an ornate frontispiece. Neal J. Leitereg,, 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, 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, 24 Aug. 2017 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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