[pree-am-buh l, pree-am-]
- an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
- the introductory part of a statute, deed, or the like, stating the reasons and intent of what follows.
- a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance: His childhood in the slums was a preamble to a life of crime.
- (initial capital letter) the introductory statement of the U.S. Constitution, setting forth the general principles of American government and beginning with the words, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union. …”
Origin of preamble
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- a preliminary or introductory statement, esp attached to a statute or constitution setting forth its purpose
- a preliminary or introductory conference, event, fact, etc
Word Origin for preamble
C14: from Old French préambule, from Late Latin praeambulum walking before, from Latin prae- before + ambulāre to walk
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