- 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 prefaced
I prefaced it by saying, “Bill Clinton was such a dog, that…” so they cut out the story angle.Tom Sizemore’s Revenge: On Tom Cruise’s Scientology Recruitment, Drugs, and Craving a Comeback
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She prefaced her remarks by stating that she was not going to give “a campaign political speech.”Joni Ernst's Big Pivot: From Pig Castrator to Iowa Nice
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Nearly three weeks later, I received a stock e-mailed apology, prefaced by a quick summary of the United Airlines world view.The National-Security Diaper Scramble
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My link was prefaced by a caveat that the story was a disgrace: "If accurate."Yes, Bin Laden's Killer Will Get Healthcare Benefits
February 12, 2013
Things take a turn at 4:06, making you wonder if that relates to what was prefaced in the video as “inspired by true events.”Adam Levine, Grizzly Bear & More of the Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
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They were prefaced as follows:—'We were talking of Hexameters with you.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
That is a very serious and awful question, which may be prefaced by another.Philebus
But he had a request to make and prefaced it with many a "Beg y' pardon, Sir."Soldiers Three, Part II.
The petition was prefaced by a personal letter containing them.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
The signature was prefaced by the words, "Faithful till death!"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
- 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 prefaced
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.