from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A preface or an introductory note, as for a book, especially by a person other than the author.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A preface or introduction to a literary work: a word seldom used.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A preface.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An introductory section preceding the main text of a book or other document; a preface or introduction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book


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Morphologically fore- +‎ word, a calque of German Vorwort, itself a calque of Latin praefatio ("preface").


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