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1350-1400; Middle English prefas < Old French preface (modern: préface) < Mediaeval Latin prefatia, for classical praefatio, a saying beforehand, from praefari, to speak beforehand, from præ before, pre- + fari to speak
preface (pl. prefaces)
- The beginning or introductory portion that comes before the main text of a document or book.
- The book included a brief preface by a leading expert in the field.
Third person singular
- To introduce or make a comment before the main point.
- Let me preface this by saying that I don't know him that well.
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