- a document describing the major features of a proposed literary work, project, business venture, etc., in enough detail so that prospective investors, participants, or buyers may evaluate it: Don't buy the new stock offering until you read the prospectus carefully.
- a brochure or other document describing the major features, attractions, or services of a place, institution, or business to prospective patrons, clients, owners, or members.
Origin of prospectus
1770–80; < Latin prōspectus outlook, view, equivalent to prōspec-, stem of prōspicere (prō- pro-1 + -spicere, combining form of specere to look) + -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for prospectus
Prospectus and References can be had on application to the Principal.
And he gave Ranny a copy of the Prospectus with a beautiful picture of the house on it.
But that was before they had seen the Agent and the Prospectus.
The Prospectus alluded to at page xi., was after the following form.The True History of Tom and Jerry
Preface to the Prospectus and quoted in the preface to the "Gallery."Tieck's Essay on the Boydell Shakspere Gallery
George Henry Danton
- a formal statement giving details of a forthcoming event, such as the publication of a book or an issue of shares
- a pamphlet or brochure giving details of courses, as at a college or school
C18: Latin, literally: distant view; see prospect
Word Origin and History for prospectus
1765, from French prospectus (1723) and directly from Latin prospectus "view" (see prospect (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper