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preface

[ pref-is ]
/ ˈprɛf ɪs /
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noun
a preliminary statement in a book by the book's author or editor, setting forth its purpose and scope, expressing acknowledgment of assistance from others, etc.
an introductory part, as of a speech.
something preliminary or introductory: The meeting was the preface to an alliance.
Ecclesiastical. a prayer of thanksgiving, the introduction to the canon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus.
verb (used with object), pref·aced, pref·ac·ing.
to provide with or introduce by a preface.
to serve as a preface to.

OTHER WORDS FOR preface

2, 3 preamble, prologue, prolegomena.
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Origin of preface

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin prēfātia, for Latin praefātiō “a saying beforehand,” equivalent to praefāt(us) (past participle of praefārī “to say beforehand”; see pre-, fate) + -iōn- -ion

synonym study for preface

1. See introduction.

OTHER WORDS FROM preface

pref·ac·er, nounun·pref·aced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for preface

preface
/ (ˈprɛfɪs) /

noun
a statement written as an introduction to a literary or other work, typically explaining its scope, intention, method, etc; foreword
anything introductory
RC Church a prayer of thanksgiving and exhortation serving as an introduction to the canon of the Mass
verb (tr)
to furnish with a preface
to serve as a preface to

Derived forms of preface

prefacer, noun

Word Origin for preface

C14: from Medieval Latin praefātia, from Latin praefātiō a saying beforehand, from praefārī to utter in advance, from prae before + fārī to say
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