Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of PREFACE

Pronunciation:  'prefis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
  2. [v]  furnish with a preface

PREFACE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: foreword, introduce, premise, prolusion
 See Also: introduction, preamble, prologise, prologize, say, state, tell, text, textual matter



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pref"ace\ (?; 48), n. [F. pr['e]face; cf. Sp. prefacio,
    prefacion, It. prefazio, prefazione; all fr. L. praefatio,
    fr. praefari to speak or say beforehand; prae before + fari,
    fatus, to speak. See {Fate}.]
    1. Something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or
       written as introductory to a book or essay; a proem; an
       introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
             This superficial tale Is but a preface of her worthy
             praise.                               --Shak.
             Heaven's high behest no preface needs. --Milton.
    2. (R. C. Ch.) The prelude or introduction to the canon of
       the Mass. --Addis & Arnold.
    {Proper preface} (Ch. of Eng. & Prot. Epis. Ch.), a portion
       of the communion service, preceding the prayer of
       consecration, appointed for certain seasons.
    Syn: Introduction; preliminary; preamble; proem; prelude;
  2. \Pref"ace\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prefaced}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Prefacing}.]
    To introduce by a preface; to give a preface to; as, to
    preface a book discourse.
  3. \Pref"ace\, v. i.
    To make a preface. --Jer. Taylor.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acknowledgments, anteriority, avant-propos, back, back matter, bastard title, begin, bibliography, bold front, brave face, brave front, breakthrough, catch line, catchword, colophon, contents, contents page, copyright page, dedication, display, endleaf, endpaper, endsheet, errata, exordium, facade, face, facet, facia, flyleaf, folio, fore, fore edge, forefront, foreground, forehand, foreland, forepart, forequarter, foreside, foreword, front, front elevation, front man, front matter, front page, front view, frontage, frontal, frontier, frontispiece, half-title page, head, heading, imprint, index, innovation, inscription, introduce, introduction, lap, lead, leaf, leap, makeup, obverse, open, overture, page, postulate, preamble, precede, prefix, prefixture, preliminaries, preliminary, prelude, premise, presupposition, priority, proem, prolegomena, prolegomenon, prolepsis, prologize, prologue, proscenium, protasis, recto, reverso, running title, signature, subtitle, table of contents, tail, text, title, title page, trim size, type page, usher, verse, verso, voluntary, window dressing