- Obs. the first page, esp. the title page, of a book
- an illustration facing the title page of a book
- the main facade
- a pediment over a door, window, etc.
Origin of frontispieceOld French from Late Latin frontispicium, front of a church, front view from Classical Latin frons, front + specere, to look: see spy
- a. An illustration that faces or immediately precedes the title page of a book, book section, or magazine.b. Archaic A title page.
- Architecture a. A façade, especially an ornamental façade.b. A small ornamental pediment, as on top of a door or window.
Origin of frontispieceAlteration (influenced by piece ) of French frontispice from Late Latin frontispicium façade of a building Latin frontis genitive of frōns forehead, front Latin specere to look at ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
- (publishing) An illustration that is on the page before the title page of a book, a section of one, or a magazine.
- (archaic, publishing) The title page of a book.
- (architecture) A façade, especially an ornamental one.
- (architecture) A small pediment of which is ornamental, especially on the top of a window or door.