from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preface or an introductory note, as for a book, especially by a person other than the author.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An introductory section preceding the main text of a book or other document; a preface or introduction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A preface.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preface or introduction to a literary work: a word seldom used.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
Morphologically fore- + word, a calque of German Vorwort, itself a calque of Latin praefatio ("preface"). (Wiktionary)