What does preamble mean?

Definitions for preambleˈpriˌæm bəl, priˈæm-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. preamble(verb)

    a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)

  2. preamble(verb)

    make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document


  1. preamble(Noun)

    A short preliminary statement or remark, especially an explanatory introduction to a formal document or statute.

  2. Origin: From preambule (French: préambule), from praeambulum, from praeambulo

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preamble(noun)

    a introductory portion; an introduction or preface, as to a book, document, etc.; specifically, the introductory part of a statute, which states the reasons and intent of the law

  2. Preamble

    to make a preamble to; to preface; to serve as a preamble

  3. Origin: [LL. praeambulum, from L. praeambulus walking before, fr. praeambulare to walk before; prae before + ambulare to walk: cf. F. prambule. See Amble.]


  1. Preamble

    A preamble is an introductory and expressionary statement in a document that explains the document's purpose and underlying philosophy. When applied to the opening paragraphs of a statute, it may recite historical facts pertinent to the subject of the statute. It is distinct from the long title or enacting formula of a law.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preamble

    prē-am′bl, n. preface: introduction, esp. that of an Act of Parliament, giving its reasons and purpose.—adj. Pream′bulary. [Fr. préambule—L. præ, before, ambulāre, to go.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preamble in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preamble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ursula K. Le Guin:

    Virginity is now a mere preamble or waiting room to be got out of as soon as possible; it is without significance. Old age is similarly a waiting room, where you go after life's over and wait for cancer or a stroke. The years before and after the menstrual years are vestigial: the only meaningful condition left to women is that of fruitfulness.

  2. P. J. O'Rourke:

    The preamble to the Constitution states We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare... It doesn't say guarantee the general welfare. And it certainly doesn't say give welfare benefits to all the people in the country who aren't doing so well even if the reason they aren't doing so well is because they're sitting on their butts in front of the TV.

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