Definition of 'preface'
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Some white students stood up and offered some defence, but always with the preface that colonialism was admittedly bad. SEIZE THE RECKLESS WIND (2002)It was Frances who told Peter the preface to the famous words. INSTANCES OF THE NUMBER 3 (2002)He doesn't talk about the real world or things being realistic and he doesn't ever preface sentences with the words: in fact. GOING OUT (2002)
He came to the warm-up ring just as John was mounting up; his shout, intended to preface a demand for payment at lunchtime, went unheeded. BARN BLIND (2002)
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Translations for 'preface'
British English: preface NOUN
A preface is an introduction at the beginning of a book, which explains what the book is about or why it was written.
...the preface to the novel.
British English: preface VERB
If you preface an action or speech with something else, you do or say this other thing first.
I will preface what I am going to say with a few lines of poetry.
Definition of preface from the Collins English Dictionary
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