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

  • n. The material, such as the preface, frontispiece, and title page, preceding the text in a book.

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  • n. Within a book, all content preceding the main text or work itself.

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

  • n. written matter preceding the main text of a book


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