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front matter

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noun Printing.

all material in a book that precedes the text proper, as the title page, copyright page, table of contents, dedication, and preface.

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RELATED WORDS

introduction, preface, preliminary, preliminaries, prelims

Nearby words

front line, front list, front load, front loader, front man, front matter, front money, front nine, front of house, front office, front projection
Compare back matter.

Origin of front matter

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Also called preliminaries.
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British Dictionary definitions for front matter

front matter


noun

another name for prelims (def. 1)
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