What does preface mean?

Definitions for prefaceˈprɛf ɪs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word preface.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreword, preface, prolusion(verb)

    a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book

  2. precede, preface, premise, introduce(verb)

    furnish with a preface or introduction

    "She always precedes her lectures with a joke"; "He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution"


  1. preface(Noun)

    The beginning or introductory portion that comes before the main text of a document or book.

    The book included a brief preface by a leading expert in the field.

  2. preface(Verb)

    To introduce or make a comment before the main point.

    Let me preface this by saying that I don't know him that well.

  3. Preface(Noun)

    The part of the liturgy that precedes the main part of the Eucharist

    The book included a brief preface by a leading expert in the field.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preface(noun)

    something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay; a proem; an introduction, or series of preliminary remarks

  2. Preface(noun)

    the prelude or introduction to the canon of the Mass

  3. Preface(verb)

    to introduce by a preface; to give a preface to; as, to preface a book discourse

  4. Preface(verb)

    to make a preface


  1. Preface

    A preface is an introduction to a book or other literary work written by the work's author. An introductory essay written by a different person is a foreword and precedes an author's preface. The preface often closes with acknowledgements of those who assisted in the literary work. A preface generally covers the story of how the book came into being, or how the idea for the book was developed; this is often followed by thanks and acknowledgments to people who were helpful to the author during the time of writing. A preface is usually signed; a foreword by another person is always signed. Information essential to the main text is generally placed in a set of explanatory notes, or perhaps in an "Introduction" that may be paginated with Arabic numerals, rather than in the preface. The term preface can also mean any preliminary or introductory statement. It is sometimes abbreviated pref. Preface comes from the Latin, meaning either "spoken before" or "made before". While the former source of the word could have preface meaning the same as prologue, the latter strongly implies an introduction written before the body of the book. With this meaning of stated intention, British publishing up to at least the middle of the twentieth century distinguished between preface and introduction.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Preface

    pref′ās, n. something usually of an explanatory kind, spoken before: the introduction to a book, &c.: the ascription of glory, &c., in the liturgy of consecration of the eucharist: a title or epithet.—v.t. to introduce with a preface.—adj. Prefatō′rial, serving as a preface or introduction.—adv. Pref′atorily.—adj. Pref′atory, pertaining to a preface: serving as an introduction: introductory. [Fr. préface—L. præfatiopræ, before, fāri, fatus, to speak.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of preface in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of preface in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Eyal Poleg:

    We know virtually nothing about This Bible – whose preface was written by Henry VIII Henry VIII – outside of the surviving copies.

  2. Isaac D?Israeli:

    Is a preface exquisitely written? No literary morsel is more delicious. Is the author inveterately dull? It is a kind of preparatory information, which may be very useful. It argues a deficiency of taste to turn over an elaborate preface unread: for it is the attar of the author?s roses, every drop distilled at an immense cost. It is the reason of the reasoning, and the folly of the foolish.

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