Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “preface”

preface

noun [C]    /ˈpref·əs/
literature something that comes before and introduces a more important thing, esp . an introduction at the beginning of a book that explains its aims : an author’s preface preface    /ˈpref·əs/ verb [T] He didn’t preface the bad news with "I don’t know how to tell you this, but."
(Definition of preface noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of preface

Definitions of “preface” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

gastronomy

the art and knowledge involved in preparing and eating good food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More