- The introduction to a formal document that explains its purpose.
- A statement accompanying a law or regulation specifying its purpose or reason for enactment.
An example of preamble is the beginning of the Constitution.
Other Word Forms
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").