Definition of prolegomenon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprōləˈɡäməˌnän/ Pronunciation: /-nən/

noun (plural prolegomena /-nə/)

A critical or discursive introduction to a book.
Example sentences
  • After some elaborate prolegomena, the book follows a calendrical sequence, each poem dated and grouped by month so that the events of a hundred years follow a seasonal ebb and flow, not chronology.
  • We have been attending to ‘exists’ and ‘is’ not for their own sake but purely as a prolegomenon to an ontological question, namely, that of existence.
  • This first chapter is a necessary prolegomenon, but for the casual reader or one unfamiliar with the issues, it would prove hard going.



Pronunciation: /-nəs/


Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek, passive present participle (neuter) of prolegein 'say beforehand', from pro 'before' + legein 'say'.

Words that rhyme with prolegomenon


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Syllabification: pro·le·gom·e·non

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