Preamble meaning

prē'ăm'bəl, prē-ăm'-
The definition of a preamble is an introduction or an introductory statement in a document which states the reasons for the rest of the document.

An example of preamble is the beginning of the Constitution.

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An opening statement in a document that declares the document’s purpose. It is commonly found at the beginning of a constitution, statute, or other legal document.
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An introductory occurrence or fact; a preliminary.
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A preliminary statement, especially:
  • The introduction to a formal document that explains its purpose.
  • A statement accompanying a law or regulation specifying its purpose or reason for enactment.
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An introductory fact, event, etc.; preliminary.
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An introduction, esp. one to a constitution, statute, etc., stating the reasons for it and its purpose.
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(computing) A syncword.
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A short preliminary statement or remark, especially an explanatory introduction to a formal document or statute.
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Origin of preamble

  • Middle 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 ambulate
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French preambule (French: préambule), from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from praeambulo (“I walk before").
    From Wiktionary