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noun pref·ace \ˈpre-fəs\

Definition of preface

  1. 1 often capitalized :  a variable doxology beginning with the Sursum Corda and ending with the Sanctus in traditional eucharistic liturgies

  2. 2 :  the introductory remarks of a speaker or author

  3. 3 :  approach, preliminary

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>

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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preface

verb pref·ace

Definition of preface

prefaced

prefacing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make introductory remarks

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to say or write as preface <a note prefaced to the manuscript>

  5. 2 :  precede, herald

  6. 3 :  to introduce by or begin with a preface

  7. 4 :  to stand in front of <a porch prefaces the entrance>

  8. 5 :  to be a preliminary to

prefacer

noun

1619

First Known Use of preface

1619


PREFACE Defined for English Language Learners

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preface

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noun pref·ace \ˈpre-fəs\

Definition of preface for English Language Learners

  • : an introduction to a book or speech


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preface

verb pref·ace

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

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noun pref·ace \ˈpre-fəs\

Definition of preface for Students

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



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