preface

[ pref-is ]
/ ˈprɛf ɪs /

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.

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Origin of preface

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < 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

SYNONYMS FOR preface

1 See introduction.
2, 3 preamble, prologue, prolegomena.

ANTONYMS FOR preface

OTHER WORDS FROM preface

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

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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