- preface ► NOUN 1) an introduction to a book, stating its subject, scope, or aims. 2) the preliminary part of a speech.► VERB 1) provide with a preface. 2) (preface with/by) begin (a speech or event) with or by doing something.DERIVATIVES prefatory adjective.ORIGIN Old French, from Latin praefari 'speak before' .
English terms dictionary. 2015.