- n. 前言；引语
- vt. 为…加序言；以…开始
- vi. 作序
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- preface:  Preface is a misleading sort of word. It has no connection with face. It comes ultimately from Latin praefātiō, a derivative of praefārī ‘say beforehand’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix prae- ‘before’ and fārī ‘speak’ (source of English fable, fate, etc). So etymologically, preface is virtually the equivalent of the native formation foreword.
=> fable, fame, fate
- preface (n.)
- late 14c., from Old French preface "opening part of sung devotions" (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin prefatia, from Latin praefationem (nominative praefatio) "fore-speaking, introduction," in Medieval Latin "prologue," noun of action from past participle stem of praefari "to say beforehand," from prae "before" (see pre-) + fari "speak" (see fame (n.)).
- preface (v.)
- 1610s, from preface (n.). Related: Prefaced; prefacing.
- 1. He has written a fine preface to the play.
- 2. Several pages of closely reasoned argument preface her account of the war.
- 3. The preface to this book is on the preceding page.
- 4. The preface of the book includes an account of the author's life.
- 5. The subject has been referred to cursorily in the preface.
[ preface 造句 ]