He prefaced many of his remarks with his trademark, “My friends.”
Nearly three weeks later, I received a stock e-mailed apology, prefaced by a quick summary of the United Airlines world view.
She prefaced her remarks by stating that she was not going to give “a campaign political speech.”
late 14c., from Old French preface "opening part of sung devotions" (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prefatia, from Latin praefationem (nominative praefatio) "fore-speaking, introduction," in Medieval Latin "prologue," noun of action from past participle stem of praefari "to say beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).
1610s, from preface (n.). Related: Prefaced; prefacing.