in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for introduction


exordium, foreword, intro, preamble, preface, prelude, proem, prologue (also prolog), prolusion


epilogue (also epilog)

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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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Green has spent a good five years touring the Southeast and has a couple previous EPs under his belt, but In a Truck Right Now, released June 29, represents his introduction to the mainstream. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Ten New Acts Ready to Bolt From Country's Starting Gate In Last Half Of 2018," 3 July 2018 Prescott: Granite Gardens This little series of loops makes a great introduction to Prescott’s most distinctive feature, the Granite Dells, a massive field of exposed bedrock gnawed by erosion. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Mayfield did not participate on the panel Friday, and didn't address the social media posts in her introduction of the event. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "'Move beyond the stinging words.' Forum tries to improve police-community ties.," 22 June 2018 Development of blind soccer has been limited in North America since its introduction at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, but this camp hopes to change that., "Digest (June 21): Bel Air's Kieran McDermott named state's best boys track and field athlete," 21 June 2018 Go Birding Full-on birding isn't for everyone, but a taste of the pastime makes an excellent introduction to natural history. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Father's Day Gifts Money Can't Buy," 30 May 2018 Pat Navin, an Evanstonian and mentor from my Senior Studies class at ETHS made an introduction to Craig Golden, who was in the process of opening SPACE. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Shout Out: Jake Samuels books talent for music venue," 17 May 2018 While making introductions just minutes before screening his new horror movie—A Quiet Place, whick Krasinski directed, co-wrote, and stars in—the actor was beaming with pride. Paul Chi, HWD, "John Krasinski’s Secret to Making a Movie with Emily Blunt: “She’s the Boss”," 3 Apr. 2018 The book includes two treatments for the episode; Ellison’s final draft of the screenplay; testimonials from Fontana, Kelley, Nimoy, and others; and a new introduction from Ellison designed to set the record straight. Keith Phipps, Vox, "Harlan Ellison wrote Star Trek’s greatest episode. He hated it.," 29 June 2018

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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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in·​tro·​duc·​tion | \ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən \

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 \

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 \ transitive verb introduced; introducing

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