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noun (pl. prefaces)
  1. The beginning or introductory portion that comes before the main text of a document or book.
    The book included a brief by a leading expert in the field.
verb 
  1. To introduce or make a comment before the main point.
    Let me this by saying that I don't know him that well.
Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English prefas < French language préface < Med. Latin language prefatia, for classical praefatio, a saying beforehand, from praefari, to speak beforehand, from prí before, pre- + fari to speak


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