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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
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for front-matter

front matter

noun
1.
another name for prelims (sense 1)
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