from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A preface.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • 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)



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