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[fawr-wurd, -werd, fohr-]
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  1. a short introductory statement in a published work, as a book, especially when written by someone other than the author.
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Origin of foreword

First recorded in 1835–45; fore- + word
Can be confusedforeword forward forwards froward (see synonym study at forward)


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  1. an introductory statement to a book
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Word Origin

C19: literal translation of German Vorwort
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Word Origin and History for foreword


1842, from fore- + word (n.); perhaps a loan-translation of German Vorwort "preface," modeled on Latin praefatio "preface."

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