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[in-truh-duhk-shuh n] /ˌɪn trəˈdʌk ʃən/
the act of introducing or the state of being introduced.
a formal personal presentation of one person to another or others.
a preliminary part, as of a book, musical composition, or the like, leading up to the main part.
an elementary treatise:
an introduction to botany.
an act or instance of inserting.
something introduced.
Origin of introduction
1350-1400; Middle English introduccion < Latin intrōductiōn- (stem of intrōductiō). See introduce, -tion
Related forms
reintroduction, noun
self-introduction, noun
subintroduction, noun
3. Introduction, foreword, preface refer to material given at the front of a book to explain or introduce it to the reader. A foreword is part of the front matter and is usually written by someone other than the author, often an authority on the subject of the book. A preface is the author's own statement, and often includes acknowledgments. It follows the foreword (if there is one) and is also part of the front matter. The introduction is always by the author. It may be extensive and is usually printed as part of the text. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-introduction
Historical Examples
  • Even in a gypsy tent something depends on the style of a self-introduction by a perfect stranger.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • Her self-introduction to her father was one long to be remembered.

    Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang
  • She followed up her self-introduction with a laugh—a laugh that sounded familiar to her listener.

    Manasseh Maurus Jokai
  • "Here am I" come his three clear, bell-like notes of self-introduction.

  • To these he generally effected an acquaintance by a polite little letter of self-introduction.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • He had met Lilla in her rambles, and his ready ingenuity 157 soon devised a self-introduction.

  • Mr. Cowper bowed with gravity, but did not say anything, as he was preparing within him his form of self-introduction.

    Geoffrey Hampstead Thomas Stinson Jarvis
  • I, too, have the pleasure of knowing Miss Winfield, which will perhaps excuse my self-introduction.

  • Courtney's finesse saved me the embarrassment of a self-introduction.

  • "Aleksander Kardelj," he said in self-introduction, sticking out a lean hand to be shaken.

    Expediter Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for self-introduction


the act of introducing or fact of being introduced
a presentation of one person to another or others
a means of presenting a person to another person, group, etc, such as a letter of introduction or reference
a preliminary part, as of a book, speech, etc
  1. an instrumental passage preceding the entry of a soloist, choir, etc
  2. an opening passage in a movement or composition that precedes the main material
something that has been or is introduced, esp something that is not native to an area, country, etc
a basic or elementary work of instruction, reference, etc
(logic) (qualified by the name of an operation) a syntactic rule specifying the conditions under which a formula or statement containing the specified operator may be derived from others: conjunction-introduction, negation-introduction
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Word Origin and History for self-introduction



late 14c., "act of bringing into existence," from Old French introduccion and directly from Latin introductionem (nominative introductio) "a leading in," noun of action from past participle stem of introducere "to lead in, bring in, to introduce," from intro- "inward, to the inside" (see intro-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "initial instruction in a subject; an introductory statement" is mid-15c. The sense of "formal presentation of one person to another" is from 1711.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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