from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An illustration that faces or immediately precedes the title page of a book, book section, or magazine.
- n. Architecture A façade, especially an ornamental façade.
- n. Architecture A small ornamental pediment, as on top of a door or window.
- n. Archaic A title page.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An illustration that is on the page before the title page of a book, a section of one, or a magazine.
- n. The title page of a book.
- n. A façade, especially an ornamental one.
- n. A small pediment of which is ornamental, especially on the top of a window or door.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The principal front of a building.
- n. An ornamental figure or illustration fronting the first page, or titlepage, of a book; formerly, the titlepage itself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is seen in front, or which directly presents itself to the eye.
- n. A print or engraving placed in front of the title of a book.
- To furnish with a frontispiece.
- To use as a frontispiece: as, to frontispiece a map.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. front illustration facing the title page of a book
- n. an ornamental facade
Alteration (influenced by piece) of French frontispice, from Late Latin frontispicium, façade of a building : Latin frontis, genitive of frōns, forehead, front + Latin specere, to look at.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
By folk etymology, from French frontispice, from Latin frontispicium, from frons (forehead) + specere (look at). (Wiktionary)