A preface is an introduction to the main text of a book, when an author or critic can write directly to the reader. A preface often describes how a book came together, like a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the final product.

  • Pronunciation: /'prefəs/
  • English Description: an introduction at the beginning of a book or speech
  • Chinese Translation: 前言(Qian2 Yan2)
  • Spanish Translation: prefacio
  • STORY: The preface is a place for extra context, thoughts, or even disclaimers about the text that follows. In his preface to Lyrical Ballads, the famous poet William Wordsworth wrote, “The majority of the following poems are to be considered as experiments.” In other words, “Don’t judge me too harshly!” Preface can also be used as a verb meaning "introduce." When you preface a statement with, “No offense but... ,” the person you’re talking to braces for criticism.


  • There's a bit of internet shorthand, frequently used on Twitter, to preface an allegation that seems explosive but questionable: "Whoa if true".BBC May 11, 2015

  • GM prefaced this, however, with a strong statement about its commitment to electrification, which includes eAssist, Stop/Start, plug-in hybrids, and pure electrics.

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