[in-truh-duhk-shuh n]
  1. the act of introducing or the state of being introduced.
  2. a formal personal presentation of one person to another or others.
  3. a preliminary part, as of a book, musical composition, or the like, leading up to the main part.
  4. an elementary treatise: an introduction to botany.
  5. an act or instance of inserting.
  6. something introduced.

Origin of introduction

1350–1400; Middle English introduccion < Latin intrōductiōn- (stem of intrōductiō). See introduce, -tion
Related formsre·in·tro·duc·tion, nounself-in·tro·duc·tion, nounsub·in·tro·duc·tion, noun

Synonyms for introduction

3. Introduction, foreword, preface refer to material given at the front of a book to explain or introduce it to the reader. A foreword is part of the front matter and is usually written by someone other than the author, often an authority on the subject of the book. A preface is the author's own statement, and often includes acknowledgments. It follows the foreword (if there is one) and is also part of the front matter. The introduction is always by the author. It may be extensive and is usually printed as part of the text. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for reintroduction

Contemporary Examples of reintroduction

Historical Examples of reintroduction

  • That was only done by the reintroduction of the first theme in the first key.


    John F. Runciman

  • Words fail me to express adequately the pleasure I have derived from my reintroduction to Nature's home and mine.

    Betty Grier

    Joseph Waugh

  • There all communication had stopped for about a month since the date of my reintroduction to Abbots' House.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The first preliminary steps were now taken for the reintroduction of the Roman Catholic religion.

  • That first evening of his reintroduction to the polite world was a success which few young men of his years achieve.

    Kenelm Chillingly, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for reintroduction


  1. the act of introducing or fact of being introduced
  2. a presentation of one person to another or others
  3. a means of presenting a person to another person, group, etc, such as a letter of introduction or reference
  4. a preliminary part, as of a book, speech, etc
  5. music
    1. an instrumental passage preceding the entry of a soloist, choir, etc
    2. an opening passage in a movement or composition that precedes the main material
  6. something that has been or is introduced, esp something that is not native to an area, country, etc
  7. a basic or elementary work of instruction, reference, etc
  8. logic (qualified by the name of an operation) a syntactic rule specifying the conditions under which a formula or statement containing the specified operator may be derived from othersconjunction-introduction; negation-introduction
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Word Origin and History for reintroduction

1660s, from re- + introduction.



late 14c., "act of bringing into existence," from Old French introduccion and directly from Latin introductionem (nominative introductio) "a leading in," noun of action from past participle stem of introducere "to lead in, bring in, to introduce," from intro- "inward, to the inside" (see intro-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "initial instruction in a subject; an introductory statement" is mid-15c. The sense of "formal presentation of one person to another" is from 1711.

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