- Present participle of preface.
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 of prefaceMiddle English prefas ; from Middle French ; from Medieval Latin prefatia, for Classical Latin praefatio ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + fatus, past participle of fari, to speak: see fame