from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A preliminary statement, especially the introduction to a formal document that serves to explain its purpose.
- n. An introductory occurrence or fact; a preliminary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short preliminary statement or remark, especially an explanatory introduction to a formal document or statute.
- n. A syncword.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A introductory portion; an introduction or preface, as to a book, document, etc.; specifically, the introductory part of a statute, which states the reasons and intent of the law.
- v. To make a preamble to; to preface; to serve as a preamble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go before; precede; serve as a preamble.
- To make a preamble; preface one's remarks or actions; prelude.
- To walk over previously; tread beforehand.
- To preface; introduce with preliminary remarks.
- n. A preliminary statement; an introductory paragraph or division of a discourse or writing; a preface; prologue; prelude.
- n. Specifically The introductory part of a statute or resolution, which states or indicates the reasons and intent of what follows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a preliminary introduction, usually to a formal document
- n. a preliminary introduction to a statute or constitution (usually explaining its purpose)
Middle English, from Old French preambule, from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from neuter of praeambulus, walking in front : prae-, pre- + ambulāre, to walk; see ambulate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French preambule (French: préambule), from Medieval Latin praeambulum, from praeambulo ("to walk before") (Wiktionary)