- a preliminary statement in a book by the book's author or editor, setting forth its purpose and scope, expressing acknowledgment of assistance from others, etc.
- an introductory part, as of a speech.
- something preliminary or introductory: The meeting was the preface to an alliance.
- Ecclesiastical. a prayer of thanksgiving, the introduction to the canon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus.
- to provide with or introduce by a preface.
- to serve as a preface to.
Origin of preface
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Examples from the Web for preface
In his preface, Solomon suggests that other movements can learn from this one.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Music journalist Joel Selwin annotates, with a preface by Donovan, a foreword by Jorma Kaukonen, and an afterword by John Poppy.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
I quote Immanuel Kant in my preface, defining enlightenment as mankind coming out of its self-imposed immaturity.
Elizabeth Drew writes about that in the preface of her republished book about Nixon.
“It is just notes and thinkings,” Fenn writes by way of preface.Clues for Finding Forrest Fenn’s Buried Treasure, Part 2
March 3, 2013
Contenting himself with this preface, Roderick began to read.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
The Maxims were first published in 1665, with a preface by Segrais.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
His wife had been very ill when he wrote the preface; soon afterwards she was dead.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
It forms the preface to an American edition of my so-called Fairy Tales.A Dish Of Orts
Drafts for the dedication, the preface, and for a work on Esthetics.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- a statement written as an introduction to a literary or other work, typically explaining its scope, intention, method, etc; foreword
- anything introductory
- RC Church a prayer of thanksgiving and exhortation serving as an introduction to the canon of the Mass
- to furnish with a preface
- to serve as a preface to
Word Origin and History for preface
late 14c., from Old French preface "opening part of sung devotions" (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prefatia, from Latin praefationem (nominative praefatio) "fore-speaking, introduction," in Medieval Latin "prologue," noun of action from past participle stem of praefari "to say beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).
1610s, from preface (n.). Related: Prefaced; prefacing.