United States Constitution
An example of preamble is the beginning of the Constitution.
- an introduction, esp. one to a constitution, statute, etc., stating the reasons for it and its purpose
- an introductory fact, event, etc.; preliminary
Origin of preambleMiddle English from Middle French preambule from Medieval Latin praeambulum, neuter of Late Latin praeambulus, going before from Classical Latin praeambulare, to precede from prae-, before + ambulare, to go: see amble
- A preliminary statement, especially:a. The introduction to a formal document that explains its purpose.b. A statement accompanying a law or regulation specifying its purpose or reason for enactment.
- An introductory occurrence or fact; a preliminary.
Origin of preambleMiddle English from Old French preambule from Medieval Latin praeambulum from neuter of Late Latin praeambulus walking in front Latin prae- pre- Latin ambulāre to walk ; see ambulate .
From Old French preambule (French: prÃ©ambule), from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from praeambulo (“I walk before").
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