in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce introductory (audio) \

Definition of introductory

: of, relating to, or being a first step that sets something going or in proper perspective an introductory course in calculus

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Other Words from introductory

introductorily \ ˌin-​trə-​ˈdək-​t(ə-​)rə-​lē How to pronounce introductory (audio) \ adverb

Examples of introductory in a Sentence

I'd like to make a few introductory remarks before we start the program. a class in introductory physics
Recent Examples on the Web George Kliavkoff, the Pac-12’s new commissioner, affirmed as much in his introductory news conference. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2021 Jon Scheyer walked into his introductory news conference Friday at Cameron Indoor Stadium with his wife, Marcelle, daughter Noa, and son, Jett. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 The day after his introductory press conference, Malzahn was in his office meeting with his players, trying to get a sense of the makeup of the team. Matt Murschel,, 29 May 2021 After signing with the Vikings in March, Peterson addressed leaving the Cardinals in his introductory news conference in Minnesota. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 28 May 2021 Odeyingbo got his text from Buckner right about the time the Colts opened up his introductory Zoom press conference. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 May 2021 Yzerman endorsed Blashill at his introductory press conference, and consistently defended the job Blashill was doing even as the team sank in the standings. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 18 May 2021 The 20 subject tests, which students were able to take to show their interest in a major or program or get credit for introductory-level courses, and the optional essay were add-ons that could help students’ applications stand out. Valeria Olivares, Dallas News, 25 Jan. 2021 Check out its sake-of-the-month clubs, which have both an introductory level ($40 per month) and a level that features rare, premium bottles ($90 per month). San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of introductory

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of introductory was in 1605

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13 Jun 2021

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“Introductory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of introductory

: providing information about someone who is about to speak, perform, etc., or something that is about to begin
: providing basic information about a subject
: intended to attract customers when a new product, service, etc., is introduced


in·​tro·​duc·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-trə-ˈdək-tə-rē How to pronounce introductory (audio) \

Kids Definition of introductory

: serving to introduce : preliminary an introductory lesson


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