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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web For Henderson, working on Family Matters offered an introduction to a defining feature of her long career in Hollywood. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2021 This class will provide an introduction to the software, navigation, and basic spreadsheet creation., 8 Sep. 2021 This is because potential customers require an introduction to the brand, its focus and its offerings. Kenny Tripura, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Everyone who brings a door prize is welcomed to the front for an introduction and to pull the winning ticket. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 That included an introduction to Charlie Sykes, then a prominent conservative radio host in Wisconsin, who helped Johnson gain name recognition in the state. Sara Murray And Jeff Simon, CNN, 4 Sep. 2021 Featuring an introduction by Kate Zambreno, Empty Wardrobes foregrounds an idea that seems to haunt many modern stories: that our lives can unspool according to false narratives that have no connection to reality. Tiana Reid, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 This year’s courses include an introduction to criminal justice, environmental studies, English composition, and a music class, Cassidy said., 31 Aug. 2021 The poet’s 1976 memoir, reissued with an introduction by Tracy K. Smith, is a song of self. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021

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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

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

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“Introduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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 introduction (audio) \ transitive verb introduced; introducing

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