[ fawr-wurd, -werd, fohr- ]
/ ˈfɔrˌwɜrd, -wərd, ˈfoʊr- /


a short introductory statement in a published work, as a book, especially when written by someone other than the author.
Compare afterword.

Origin of foreword

First recorded in 1835–45; fore- + word

Can be confused

foreword forward forwards froward (see synonym study at forward) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foreword


/ (ˈfɔːˌwɜːd) /


an introductory statement to a book

Word Origin for foreword

C19: literal translation of German Vorwort
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