n. something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay
The preface of this diary recounted her life in brief.
Sentence in Classic:
After performing this evolution, he rose and limped as fast as he could up and down the room at least a dozen times, and then stopping suddenly before Rose, kissed her without the slightest preface.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
You might suppose, after this preface, that I am going to ask you for something dishonourable to grant.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Context
He had stood in the shoes of Tantalus, and seemed to look upon a certain mass of disappointment as the natural preface to all realizations, without which preface they would give cause for alarm.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
The cannonade of the Isle of Re presaged to him the dragonnades of the Cevennes; the taking of La Rochelle was the preface to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
Let no man, therefore, lose heart from thinking that he cannot do what others have done before him; for, as I said in my Preface, men are born, and live, and die, always in accordance with the same rules.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context