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front matter

noun, Printing.
all material in a book that precedes the text proper, as the title page, copyright page, table of contents, dedication, and preface.
Also called preliminaries.
Compare back matter.
Origin of front matter
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The frontispiece illustration has been moved to follow the front matter.

    Pirates Anonymous
  • Inexplicably, the pagination of this text's front matter runs i-xi, then begins again at v for the list of plates and reviews.

  • front matter consisting of a blurb and a list of other publications by the author has been moved to the end of the text.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for front matter

front matter

another name for prelims (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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