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.


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  • Prefatory — Pref a*to*ry, a. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, a preface; introductory to a book, essay, or discourse; as, prefatory remarks. [1913 Webster] That prefatory addition to the Creed. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prefatory — index antecedent, before mentioned, elementary, inchoate, incipient, initial, last (preceding), prec …   Law dictionary

  • prefatory — 1670s, from L. *praefator, agent noun from praefari (see PREFACE (Cf. preface)) + ORY (Cf. ory) …   Etymology dictionary

  • prefatory — *preliminary, introductory, preparatory Analogous words: preparing, fitting, readying (see PREPARE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prefatory — [pref′ə tôr΄ē] adj. [< L praefatus (see PREFACE) + ORY] of, like, or serving as a preface; introductory prefatorily adv …   English World dictionary

  • prefatory — adjective Etymology: Latin praefari Date: 1675 1. of, relating to, or constituting a preface < prefatory remarks > 2. located in front …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prefatory — prefatorily, adv. /pref euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a preface: prefatory explanations. Also, prefatorial. [1665 75; < L praefat(io) PREFACE + ORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • prefatory — pref|a|to|ry [ˈprefətəri US to:ri] adj [only before noun] formal forming a preface or introduction ▪ a few prefatory remarks …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prefatory — pref|a|to|ry [ prefə,tɔri ] adjective FORMAL used as an introduction to something such as a book or a speech: prefatory remarks/material/notes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • prefatory — adjective formal forming a preface or introduction: a few prefatory remarks …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • prefatory — adjective prefatory text Syn: introductory, preliminary, opening, initial, preparatory, initiatory, precursory Ant: closing …   Thesaurus of popular words

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