foreword, preface, prolusion(noun)
a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
An introductory section preceding the main text of a book or other document; a preface or introduction.
Origin: Morphologically , a calque of Vorwort, itself a calque of praefatio.
A foreword is a piece of writing sometimes placed at the beginning of a book or other piece of literature. Typically written by someone other than the primary author of the work, it often tells of some interaction between the writer of the foreword and the book's primary author or the story the book tells. Later editions of a book sometimes have a new foreword prepended, which might explain in what respects that edition differs from previous ones. The foreword is sometimes confused with the preface, which is written by the author of the book and generally covers the story of how the book came into being or how the idea for the book was developed, and may include thanks and acknowledgments to people who were helpful to the author during the time of writing. Unlike a preface, a foreword is always signed. Information essential to the main text is generally placed in a set of explanatory notes, or perhaps in an introduction, rather than in the foreword or preface. The pages containing the foreword and preface are typically not numbered as part of the main work, which usually uses Arabic numerals. If the front matter is paginated, it uses lowercase Roman numerals. If there is both a foreword and a preface, the foreword appears first; both appear before the introduction, which may be paginated either with the front matter or the main text.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fōr′wurd, n. a preface.
The numerical value of foreword in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of foreword in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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- предговор, предисловиеBulgarian
- esipuhe, alkusanatFinnish
- ro-ràdhScottish Gaelic
- inleiding, voorwoordDutch
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