[af-ter-wurd, ahf-]


a concluding section, commentary, etc., as of a book, treatise, or the like; closing statement.

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Origin of afterword

First recorded in 1885–90; after + word
Can be confusedafterward afterword Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an epilogue or postscript in a book, etc
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Word Origin and History for afterword

1890, a Saxonist subsitute for epilogue; from after + word (n.).

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