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front matter

noun, Printing.
1.
all material in a book that precedes the text proper, as the title page, copyright page, table of contents, dedication, and preface.
Also called preliminaries.
Compare back matter.
Origin of front matter
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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  • The frontispiece illustration has been moved to follow the front matter.

    Pirates Anonymous
  • Inexplicably, the pagination of this text's front matter runs i-xi, then begins again at v for the list of plates and reviews.

  • front matter consisting of a blurb and a list of other publications by the author has been moved to the end of the text.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for front matter

front matter

noun
1.
another name for prelims (sense 1)
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