Definition of preamble noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//priˈæmbl//
; NAmE NAmE//priˈæmbl//
; BrE BrE//ˈpriːæmbl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpriːæmbl//
[countable, uncountable] (formal) Parts of a book
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an introduction to a book or a written document; an introduction to something you say The aims of the treaty are stated in its preamble. She gave him the bad news without preamble. the Preamble to the US Constitution See related entries: Parts of a book Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French preambule, from medieval Latin praeambulum, from late Latin praeambulus ‘going before’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: preamble