American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A preface or an introductory note, as for a book, especially by a person other than the author.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preface or introduction to a literary work: a word seldom used.
- n. An introductory section preceding the main text of a book or other document; a preface or introduction.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A preface.
- 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)
“The book which this foreword is attached to looks like one to watch for.”
“Given that the foreword is the first thing people will read, the rest of the book is gonna have a hard act to follow.”
“The foreword is by John Lasseter, one of the founders of Pixar and friend of Miyazaki.”
“This original foreword is part of the Jack London collection at the Oakland Public Library.”
“The foreword is by Alan Moore, which was certainly a surprise, and he entitles it 'The Return of the Thin White Duke', which is rather clever.”
“The foreword is by Thomas F. Monteleone's Uncle Frank, and the afterword by Tom himself.”
“The foreword is by Keith Knight (The K Chronicles).”
“Beginning with an inspiring foreword from the late William F. Buckley Jr., the first story begins simply about a man and his boat; having traveled the seas many times over, he is a skilled seamen but on this particular day there’s a storm that will give him a run for his money and leave his beloved boat in pieces, while he barely escapes with his life.”
“Also, Jayson Stark wrote the foreword, which is pretty darned cool.”
“Both were kind enough to write very nice things about The Servant of the Manthycore, Vera wrote a killer blurb, and Mike wrote the foreword, which is almost embarassingly positive.”
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