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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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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Also called preliminaries.
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Origin of front matter

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
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front matter

noun

another name for prelims (def. 1)
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