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[fawr-wurd, -werd, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌwɜrd, -wərd, ˈfoʊr-/
a short introductory statement in a published work, as a book, especially when written by someone other than the author.
Compare afterword.
Origin of foreword
First recorded in 1835-45; fore- + word
Can be confused
foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at forward) Unabridged
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  • Of Shirley herself it is not necessary to say much in this foreword.

    The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  • I read the story itself first and afterwards the preface, or foreword.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford
  • In her foreword Mrs. Earle tells of the condition of the diary.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • An entry for "foreword" has been added to the Table of Content of this e-book.


    Lincoln Clarke Andrews
  • A list of these names and those to whom they apply is given in the foreword of the book.

    H. P. Blavatsky Alice Leighton Cleather
British Dictionary definitions for foreword


an introductory statement to a book
Word Origin
C19: literal translation of German Vorwort
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foreword

1842, from fore- + word (n.); perhaps a loan-translation of German Vorwort "preface," modeled on Latin praefatio "preface."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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