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foreword (n.)

"introduction to a literary work," 1842, from fore- + word (n.); perhaps a loan-translation of German Vorwort "preface," modeled on Latin praefatio "preface."

updated on December 19, 2014

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Definitions of foreword from WordNet

foreword (n.)
a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book;
Synonyms: preface / prolusion
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