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 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, "The World’s First Travel Guide Is Set to Go on View in London," 9 Oct. 2019 An ornate frontispiece creates visual interest above the front door. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Comedian Russell Peters looks to shed landlord role," 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, "Whitman, Melville, & Julia Ward Howe: A Tale of Three Bicentennials," 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, "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,, "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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The first known use of frontispiece was circa 1598

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“Frontispiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frontispiece

: a picture in the front of a book

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