preface

Definitions:

To say something introductory.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb, noun) (v. & n.) (verb, noun)
To introduce with a preface.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To introduce by preliminary remarks.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To introduce by some statement or remarks.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
Something spoken before: the introduction to a book, etc.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To introduce by preliminary remarks; to say something by way of introduction.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (verb) (v.) (verb)
An introductory speech or writing.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (noun) (n.) (noun)
PREFATORILY.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (adverb) (adv.) (adverb)
The introduction to a book, speech, etc., separate from the body of the work.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
To say, write, or do something, as an introduction.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. i.) (verb intransitive)
Something spoken or written as introductory to a discourse or a book; introduction; preamble.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Introductory or explanatory remarks at the commencement of a book; an introduction.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

I wrote an explanatory Preface and lent for reproduction the clever little book of coloured sketches by Mrs. Strong, with Stevenson's verses underneath to which I have already alluded.
- Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
There should be written in further preface to all the chapters which follow a paragraph from the beloved historian to whom I am most indebted and of whom I shall speak later at length.
- The French in the Heart of America by John Finley
She said, without preface 'You've heard, have you!
- One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009