Definition of foreword in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrˌwərd/


A short introduction to a book, typically by a person other than the author.
Example sentences
  • Again and again writers have explained themselves in a variety of ways: forewords, afterwords, essays, interviews, journal entries, not to mention stories or poems that rework old themes.
  • In the past few years he has opened eleven Offices of Tibet, everywhere from Canberra to Moscow and last year alone provided prefaces and forewords for roughly thirty books.
  • In the foreword to his latest book, the Brazilian author apologises to his readers.


Mid 19th century: from fore- + word, on the pattern of German Vorwort.

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Syllabification: fore·word

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