Definition of front matter in English:

front matter

Syllabification: front mat·ter


The pages preceding the main text of a book, including the title, table of contents, and preface.
More example sentences
  • Many of Gardiner's stories had already appeared in magazines, including The New Yorker, but I could find no reference in the front matter of Trevor's book indicating that any of these tales had appeared elsewhere first.
  • Within the front matter, the authors of the Million Word Crossword Dictionary promise to consider all suggestions for new words and clues, for future editions.
  • Ware's other comic genius is mimicry - also one of my favourite forms of humour (every 4-point sentence in the front matter of Quimby the Mouse is a side-splitter).