[ fruhn-tis-pees, fron- ]
/ ˈfrʌn tɪsˌpis, ˈfrɒn- /


an illustrated leaf preceding the title page of a book.
Architecture. a façade, or a part or feature of a façade, often highlighted by ornamentation.

Origin of frontispiece

1590–1600; alteration (conformed to piece) of earlier frontispice < French < Medieval Latin frontispicium, equivalent to Latin fronti- front + -spicium (combining form representing specere to look at) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for frontispiece

/ (ˈfrʌntɪsˌpiːs) /


an illustration facing the title page of a book
the principal façade of a building; front
a pediment, esp an ornamented one, over a door, window, etc

Word Origin for frontispiece

C16 frontispice, from French, from Late Latin frontispicium façade, inspection of the forehead, from Latin frōns forehead + specere to look at; influenced by piece
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