prolegomenon[prō′li gäm′ə nän′, -nən]
prolegomenon definition by Webster's New World
- a preliminary remark
- a preliminary statement or essay; foreword
Origin: Classical Greek neuter passive voice present participle of prolegein, to say beforehand ; from pro-, before plush legein, to speak: see pro- and amp; logic
- prolegomenous adjective
prolegomenon definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. pro·le·gom·e·na
- A preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity.
- prolegomena (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Prefatory remarks or observations.
Origin: Greek, from neuter present passive participle of prolegein, to say beforehand : pro-, before; see pro-2 + legein, to speak; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- proˌle·gomˈe·nous adjective