from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The material, such as the preface, frontispiece, and title page, preceding the text in a book.
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- noun Within a book, all content preceding the main text or work itself.
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- noun written matter preceding the main text of a book
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