Definition of afterword in English:

afterword

noun

  • A concluding section in a book.

    • ‘Included in this work are an afterword, which provides additional information regarding the history of the story, and a pronunciation guide to assist the reader with the language of the Ashanti people.’
    • ‘There are a Preface, Introduction, fifteen chapters, a conclusion and an afterword.’
    • ‘He has seasoned all of this with several excellent photo essays, and wraps up his efforts with an afterword and four appendixes.’
    • ‘Also featured is an afterword explaining the text to children and their parents.’
    • ‘The film critic and biographer has been commissioned to tidy up the novel and write an afterword to set the book in context.’
    • ‘There is a general introduction at the beginning and an afterword to the entire volume.’
    • ‘Its concluding afterword presents an optimistic vision of future developments.’
    • ‘A friendship developed and they soon collaborated on the first edition of this volume, published in 1982, and now reprinted with a new afterword.’
    • ‘This essay is adapted from the afterword of the paperback edition.’
    • ‘In its afterword, he offered it to them as an authoritative text.’
    • ‘I wrote an afterword for the first of the benefit books - it was an honour to be able to contribute, and in such sterling company.’
    • ‘Again and again writers have explained themselves in a variety of ways: forewords, afterwords, essays, interviews, journal entries, not to mention stories or poems that rework old themes.’
    • ‘The book includes an introduction, seven narrative chapters, four thematic chapters, a short afterword, and two appendices.’
    • ‘A preface would have to make the case before critics read the book, or an afterword would have to cause them to reassess their initial impressions.’
    • ‘As an afterword to the book makes clear, the author, now in his late eighties, remains politically active today.’
    • ‘The collection concludes with an engaging afterword.’
    • ‘The revised paperback edition came out in 2003 and includes an afterword, on which this article in based.’
    • ‘The book concludes with an afterword describing the developments in the village during the past three decades, a brief historical sketch of the Karen people, and some suggestions for further reading about the Karens.’
    • ‘Surrounded by an introduction and an afterword, the narratives are organized into three sections, with a small prelude to each section.’
    • ‘He wrote in his afterword that the restored edition is worthwhile because it is ‘a novel superior to, more interesting and complex’ than the original published edition.’
    appendix, codicil, postscript, tailpiece, rider, coda, supplement, accompaniment
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Pronunciation

afterword

/ˈɑːftəwəːd/