Variant of preface
- R.C.Ch. the introduction to the Canon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus
- an introductory statement to a book, telling its purpose, plan, etc., esp. a brief one written by the book's author
- something preliminary or introductory; prelude
Origin: ME prefas < MFr < ML prefatia, for L praefatio < prae-, before (see pre-) + fatus, pp. of fari, to speak: see fame
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