introduction

noun

in·​tro·​duc·​tion ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio)
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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web During his introduction of the erstwhile Alex P. Keaton, Harrelson shared a little tidbit about a night of drinking gone awry in Thailand. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 21 Nov. 2022 Early after their introduction, the U.S. market showed little desire to embrace or use biosimilars. Thomas Newcomer, STAT, 18 Nov. 2022 Others, like Stephen King, have been critical of the chief executive’s decisions, including his introduction of a subscription service for account verification and call for widespread layoffs. Sara Ashley O'brien, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Read Ray’s touching tribute to Roslyn and relive their emotional introduction on AGT below. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2022 In its introduction of the MCU’s first Black superhero, Black Panther started a cultural revolution that spanned the African diaspora. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 17 Nov. 2022 But plenty has changed since his first national introduction. Philip Elliott, Time, 16 Nov. 2022 Dugger revealed that his introduction to meditation came from his father’s battle with addiction. Keith Nelson, Men's Health, 15 Nov. 2022 Although Dome and Lautner first met a few years ago, Dome knew who the actor was long before their introduction. Emily Strohm, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English introduccioun act of introducing, from Anglo-French introduction, from Latin introduction-, introductio, from introducere

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near introduction

Cite this Entry

“Introduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/introduction. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

introduction

noun

in·​tro·​duc·​tion ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio)
1
a
: the action of introducing
b
: something introduced
2
: the part of a book that leads up to and explains what will be found in the main part
3
: a book for beginners in a subject

Medical Definition

introduction

noun

in·​tro·​duc·​tion ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce introduction (audio)
: an action of putting in or inserting
introduction of contrast material through the catheter Scientific American Medicine
introduce transitive verb
introduced; introducing

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