from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or constituting a preface; introductory. See Synonyms at preliminary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. introductory, preliminary, serving as a prelude or preface.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, a preface; introductory to a book, essay, or discourse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Belonging to a preface; serving as or resembling a preface; introductory.
- Synonyms Introductory, preliminary, precursory, preparatory. See introduction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. serving as an introduction or preface
From Latin praefātus, past participle of praefārī, to say before; see preface.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1670s, from Medieval Latin *praefator + -ory (“agent”), from Medieval Latin prefatia (whence preface), for classical Latin praefatio ("a saying beforehand") – see preface for details. (Wiktionary)