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preface (n.)

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," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say."

preface (v.)

1610s, from preface (n.). Related: Prefaced; prefacing.

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Definitions of preface from WordNet
1
preface (v.)
furnish with a preface or introduction;
He prefaced his lecture with a critical remark about the institution
Synonyms: precede / premise / introduce
2
preface (n.)
a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book;
Synonyms: foreword / prolusion
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