in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio) \

Definition of introduction

1 : something that introduces: such as
a(1) : a part of a book or treatise preliminary to the main portion
(2) : a preliminary treatise or course of study
b : a short introductory musical passage
2 : the act or process of introducing : the state of being introduced
3 : a putting in : insertion
4 : something introduced specifically : a new or exotic plant or animal

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for introduction



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of introduction in a Sentence

the introduction of telephone service to the area Since its introduction last year, over a million copies of the software have been sold. the introduction of evidence at the trial the introduction of a new topic for conversation the introduction of the bill to Congress She told the audience, by way of introduction, that the research was completed a year ago. the introduction of an Asian plant species to America After a brief introduction, the performer took the stage.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web The introduction of Pacific Ocean strains of predator fish in the 1960s by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies greatly reduced the alewife population and spurred a valuable sport fishery. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha project aims to improve fish rearing pond and Pike River," 5 Sep. 2020 In any case, the phones would all feature Apple's new A14 system-on-a-chip and see a significant redesign—the first major one since the introduction of the iPhone X in 2017. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "New report details Apple’s plan for iPhones (and other gadgets) this year," 1 Sep. 2020 That changed after the introduction of long-term care insurance in 2000, with a tax levied on everyone over the age of 40 to pay for elderly care. Washington Post, "Japan has the world’s oldest population. Yet it dodged a coronavirus crisis at elder-care facilities.," 30 Aug. 2020 In the years since her introduction to the culture, her work in music and in community has been prolific. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hip-hop DJ Kuttin Kandi’s passion for music helps her hit the right notes in her life," 29 Aug. 2020 Starbucks has sold more than 400 million PSLs since the drink's introduction in 2003. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Starbucks brings back Pumpkin Spice Latte earlier than ever," 25 Aug. 2020 Since the introduction of the Wealthy apple, other horticulturists in Minnesota have developed many varieties. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "Examples of apple creations are deeply rooted in Minnesota," 13 Aug. 2020 Sustainable financing transactions continue to grow, both globally and in the U.S., driven by the introduction and availability of more product types in the market. Gerald Walker, Fortune, "The key to making your company greener? A strong finance team," 10 Aug. 2020 In Australia, the introduction this week of mandatory face coverings in Melbourne came with a plea from the region’s premier, Daniel Andrews, for masks to be incorporated into life’s routines. John Leicester, The Denver Post, "The global march of face masks: A mirror on humanity," 24 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'introduction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of introduction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for introduction

Middle English introduccioun act of introducing, from Anglo-French introduction, from Latin introduction-, introductio, from introducere

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about introduction

Time Traveler for introduction

Time Traveler

The first known use of introduction was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for introduction

Last Updated

15 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Introduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for introduction


How to pronounce introduction (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of introduction

: the act of making a person known to others by name
: the act of bringing something into practice or use for the first time
: the act of making a product available for sale for the first time


in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio) \

Kids Definition of introduction

1 : the part of a book that leads up to and explains what will be found in the main part
2 : the act of causing a person to meet another person
3 : the action of bringing into use, making available, or presenting for consideration or discussion
4 : something introduced or added The plant is a new introduction to the garden.


in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio) \

Medical Definition of introduction

: an action of putting in or inserting introduction of contrast material through the catheterScientific American Medicine

Other Words from introduction

introduce \ -​ˈd(y)üs How to pronounce introduce (audio) \ transitive verb introduced; introducing

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on introduction

What made you want to look up introduction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!