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

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web In 2007 came Hollywood Dads, with an introduction by Paul Reiser and photos of Robin Williams, Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Willis and other fathers with their kids. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Jan. 2022 North Korea had a big weekend: A failed rocket launch, a possible new missile, and an unexpected introduction to the young new leader. The Week, 30 Dec. 2021 Handed his first Premier League PINC +0.4% start for months, Raphael Varane suffered an uncomfortable re-introduction to action at St James’ Park as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw. Graham Ruthven, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 For many, their time at 3rd Street Market Hall was an introduction to The Avenue, formerly the Grand Avenue Mall. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Dec. 2021 The new promo, which features an enthusiastic introduction from DuVernay, expands on some of the footage included in the first trailer and teases another one of Naomi's abilities. Chancellor Agard,, 22 Dec. 2021 Our walking tour was also an introduction to a cultural shift that's reshaping the visitor experience in Egypt. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 19 Dec. 2021 The two musicians became fast friends in the early 1990s, when Rogers had a speaking engagement at the school and Sinclair was asked to make an impromptu introduction. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 Along with the new audio recording made by this same cast, Butcher’s lead performance can serve as an ideal introduction to Ashley’s vast operatic universe. New York Times, 18 Nov. 2021

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

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“Introduction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of introduction

: the act of making a person known to others by name
: the act of bringing something into practice or use for the first time
: the act of making a product available for sale for the first time


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

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 How to pronounce introduction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce introduction (audio) \ transitive verb introduced; introducing

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