from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity.
- n. Prefatory remarks or observations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A prefatory discussion; a formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A preliminary remark or observation; an introductory discourse prefixed to a book or treatise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preliminary observation: chiefly used in the plural, and applied to an introductory discourse prefixed to a book or treatise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a preliminary discussion inserted at the beginning of a book or treatise
Greek, from neuter present passive participle of prolegein, to say beforehand : pro-, before; see pro-2 + legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek προλεγομένων (prolegomenon) referring to an introduction. (Wiktionary)