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a preliminary statement in a book by the book's author or editor, setting forth its purpose and scope, expressing acknowledgment of assistance from others, etc.
an introductory part, as of a speech.
something preliminary or introductory: The meeting was the preface to an alliance.
Ecclesiastical. a prayer of thanksgiving, the introduction to the canon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus.
verb (used with object), prefaced, prefacing.
to provide with or introduce by a preface.
to serve as a preface to.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin prēfātia, for Latin praefātiō a saying beforehand, equivalent to praefāt(us) (past participle of praefārī to say beforehand; see pre-, fate) + -iōn- -ion

prefacer, noun
unprefaced, adjective

1. See introduction. 2, 3. preamble, prologue, prolegomena.

1. appendix. 2, 3. epilogue.
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preface (ˈprɛfɪs)
1.  a statement written as an introduction to a literary or other work, typically explaining its scope, intention, method, etc; foreword
2.  anything introductory
3.  RC Church a prayer of thanksgiving and exhortation serving as an introduction to the canon of the Mass
4.  to furnish with a preface
5.  to serve as a preface to
[C14: from Medieval Latin praefātia, from Latin praefātiō a saying beforehand, from praefārī to utter in advance, from prae before + fārī to say]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. preface (14c.), from M.L. prefatia, from L. præfatio "fore-speaking, introduction, prologue," from præfatus, pp. of præfari "to say beforehand," from præ- "before" + fari "speak" (see fame). The verb is 1616, from the noun.
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