from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A beginning or introductory part, especially of a speech or treatise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A beginning
- n. The introduction to a paper or discourse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A beginning; an introduction; especially, the introductory part of a discourse or written composition, which prepares the audience for the main subject; the opening part of an oration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The beginning of anything; specifically, the introductory part of a discourse, intended to prepare the audience for the main subject; the preface or proemial part of a composition.
- n. Synonyms Proem; Prelude, Preface, etc. See introduction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (rhetoric) the introductory section of an oration or discourse
Latin, from exōrdīrī, to begin : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + ōrdīrī, to begin; see ar- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exōrdium ("beginning, commencement"), from exōrdior ("I begin, commence"), from ex ("out of, from") + ōrdior ("I begin"). (Wiktionary)