Definition of foreword in English:

foreword

Line breaks: fore|word
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːwəːd
 
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noun

  • A short introduction to a book, typically by a person other than the author.
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    preface, introduction, prologue, preamble, opening remarks, opening statement, preliminary matter, front matter, forward matter
    informal intro, prelims
    rare prolegomenon, proem, prooemium, exordium, prolusion

Origin

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

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