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preface

noun pref·ace \ ˈpre-fəs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of preface

1 often capitalized : a variable doxology beginning with the Sursum Corda and ending with the Sanctus in traditional eucharistic liturgies
2 : the introductory remarks of a speaker or author

Examples of preface in a Sentence

  1. The book's preface was written by the author.

  2. a noted critic has written a short preface to her story to explain some of the historical background

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Origin and Etymology of preface

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin prephatia, alteration of Latin praefation-, praefatio foreword, from praefari to say beforehand, from prae- pre- + fari to say — more at ban


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preface

verb

Definition of preface

prefaced; prefacing
intransitive verb
: to make introductory remarks
transitive verb
1 : to say or write as preface
  • a note prefaced to the manuscript
3 : to introduce by or begin with a preface
4 : to stand in front of
  • a porch prefaces the entrance
5 : to be a preliminary to

prefacer

noun

Recent Examples of preface from the Web

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First Known Use of preface

1619


PREFACE Defined for English Language Learners

preface

noun

Definition of preface for English Language Learners

  • : an introduction to a book or speech


preface

verb

Definition of preface for English Language Learners

  • : to introduce (a piece of writing, a speech, a remark, etc.) by writing or saying something


PREFACE Defined for Kids

preface

noun pref·ace \ ˈpre-fəs \

Definition of preface for Students

: a section at the beginning that introduces a book or a speech


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