Frontispiece meaning

frŭntĭ-spēs
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(obs.) The first page, esp. the title page, of a book.
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An illustration facing the title page of a book.
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(publishing) An illustration that is on the page before the title page of a book, a section of one, or a magazine.
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(archaic, publishing) The title page of a book.
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(architecture) A façade, especially an ornamental one.
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(architecture) A small pediment of which is ornamental, especially on the top of a window or door.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
frontispiece
Plural:
frontispieces

Origin of frontispiece

  • Alteration (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 spek- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French frontispice, from Latin frontispicium, from frons (forehead) + specere (look at). Spelling altered due to folk etymology influenced by piece.

    From Wiktionary