frontispiece

[ fruhn-tis-pees, fron- ]
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noun
  1. an illustrated leaf preceding the title page of a book.

  2. Architecture. a façade, or a part or feature of a façade, often highlighted by ornamentation.

Origin of frontispiece

1
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)

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frontispiece

/ (ˈfrʌntɪsˌpiːs) /


noun
  1. an illustration facing the title page of a book

  2. the principal façade of a building; front

  1. a pediment, esp an ornamented one, over a door, window, etc

Origin of frontispiece

1
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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