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Meaning of preface

pref•ace

Pronunciation: (pref'is), [key]
— n., v., -aced, -ac•ing.
—n.
  1. 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.
  2. an introductory part, as of a speech.
  3. something preliminary or introductory: The meeting was the preface to an alliance.
  4. a prayer of thanksgiving, the introduction to the canon of the Mass, ending with the Sanctus.
—v.t.
  1. to provide with or introduce by a preface.
  2. to serve as a preface to.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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