- a preliminary discussion; introductory essay, as prefatory matter in a book; a prologue.
- Usually prolegomena. (sometimes used with a singular verb) a treatise serving as a preface or introduction to a book.
Origin of prolegomenon
Examples from the Web for prolegomenon
- (often plural) a preliminary discussion, esp a formal critical introduction to a lengthy text
Word Origin and History for prolegomenon
1650s, "learned preamble to a book," from Greek prolegomenon, noun use of neuter passive present participle of prolegein "to say beforehand," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + legein "to speak" (see lecture (n.)) + suffix -menos (as in alumnus). The same sense is in preface (n.). Related: Prolegomenary; prolegomenous.