[pree-am-buh l, pree-am-]
- an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
- the introductory part of a statute, deed, or the like, stating the reasons and intent of what follows.
- a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance: His childhood in the slums was a preamble to a life of crime.
- (initial capital letter) the introductory statement of the U.S. Constitution, setting forth the general principles of American government and beginning with the words, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union. …”
Origin of preamble
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Examples from the Web for preamble
These first two cases appear mainly as preamble, summarized without much elaboration.Ian McEwan's New Novel Keeps Life at Arm's Length
September 11, 2014
In short, not getting enough sleep is slowly killing us—and that nighttime preamble is certainly not helping.‘Sleep Procrastination’ Is Real, and You Probably Do It
June 6, 2014
You appeared via video at the South by Southwest conference with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution green screened behind you.Time to Come Home, Edward Snowden, and Stop Hiding Behind a Corrupt Regime
March 16, 2014
First, the Second Amendment itself includes a preamble referring to the necessity of a “well-regulated militia.”Justice Scalia Goes Gun Crazy
August 22, 2013
As in the case of other laws, let us have a preamble, relating to all this class of crime.
The first four books are described by Plato himself as the preface or preamble.
Let this be the preamble of our laws; the strain will follow.
"This preamble does not promise well," said Lady Kilgoff, with a cold smile.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
So he waited with a hope-lit serenity the preamble to the arrival of his—her—their child.In a Little Town
- a preliminary or introductory statement, esp attached to a statute or constitution setting forth its purpose
- a preliminary or introductory conference, event, fact, etc
C14: from Old French préambule, from Late Latin praeambulum walking before, from Latin prae- before + ambulāre to walk
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Word Origin and History for preamble
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