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

 

preface

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BrE BrE//ˈprefəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprefəs//
 
Parts of a book
 
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an introduction to a book, especially one that explains the author’s aims compare foreword I read it in the preface to her new book. In his preface he claimed that he had created a new kind of music. See related entries: Parts of a book Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin praefatia, alteration of Latin praefatio(n-) ‘words spoken beforehand’, from the verb praefari, from prae ‘before’ + fari ‘speak’.
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