- the parts of a book that appear after the main text, as bibliography, index, and appendixes.
Compare front matter.
Origin of back matter
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called end matter.
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- the parts of a book, such as the index and appendices, that follow the main textAlso called: end matter
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