foreword

[fawr-wurd, -werd, fohr-]
noun
a short introductory statement in a published work, as a book, especially when written by someone other than the author.
Compare afterword.


Origin:
1835–45; fore- + word

foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at forward).


See introduction.
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foreword (ˈfɔːˌwɜːd)
 
n
an introductory statement to a book
 
[C19: literal translation of German Vorwort]

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foreword
1842, perhaps a loan-translation of Ger. Vorwart "preface," modeled on L. præfatio "preface."
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