Definitions

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  • n. A talk beforehand; prediscussion talk.
  • n. A foreword; preface.
  • n. Small talk used prior to more meaningful conversation.

Etymologies

From fore- +‎ talk. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As that enthusiastic student and good friend of the poet says in his "foretalk" to the reprint, the essay is noteworthy, not merely as a signal service to Shelley's fame and memory, but for

    Life of Robert Browning

  • As that enthusiastic student and good friend of the poet says in his “foretalk” to the reprint, the essay is noteworthy, not merely as a signal service to Shelley's fame and memory, but for Browning's statement of his own aim in his own work, both as objective and subjective poet.

    Life of Robert Browning

  • ‘freshman’ for proselyte; ‘mooned’ for lunatic; ‘foreshewer’ for prophet; ‘hundreder’ for centurion; Jewel ‘foretalk’, where we now employ preface; Holland ‘sunstead’ where we use solstice; ‘leechcraft’ instead of medicine; and another, ‘wordcraft’ for logic; ‘starconner’

    English Past and Present

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