Preface meaning

prĕf'ĭs
The part of the liturgy that precedes the main part of the Eucharist.
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To preface is to introduce something or begin.

An example of to preface is to explain why you are telling a story.

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The definition of a preface is an introduction.

An example of a preface is the first part of a book.

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The words introducing the central part of the Eucharist in several Christian churches.
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To introduce by or provide with a preliminary statement or essay.
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To serve as an introduction to.
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The introduction to the canon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus.
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Something introductory; a preliminary.

An informal brunch served as a preface to the three-day conference.

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An introductory statement to a book, telling its purpose, plan, etc., esp. a brief one written by the book's author.
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Something preliminary or introductory; prelude.
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To furnish or introduce with a preface.
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To be or serve as a preface to; begin.
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The beginning or introductory portion that comes before the main text of a document or book.

The book included a brief preface by a leading expert in the field.

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An introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
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(Roman Catholic) The prelude or introduction to the canon of the Mass.
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To introduce or make a comment before (the main point).

Let me preface this by saying that I don't know him that well.

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To give a preface to.

To preface a book.

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Origin of preface

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin praefātiō praefātiōn- from praefātus past participle of praefārī to say before prae- pre- fārī to speak bhā-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 1350-1400; Middle English prefas, which is from Old French preface (from which derives the modern French préface), from Medieval Latin prefatia, for classical Latin praefatio (“a saying beforehand"), from praefor (“to speak beforehand"), from prae- (“beforehand") + for (“to speak")
    From Wiktionary