Definition of foreword in English:

foreword

noun

  • A short introduction to a book, typically by a person other than the author.

    • ‘In the past few years he has opened eleven Offices of Tibet, everywhere from Canberra to Moscow and last year alone provided prefaces and forewords for roughly thirty books.’
    • ‘It covers ten areas, besides a brief foreword and a crisp introduction.’
    • ‘The book's 246 pages are divided into two forewords, a preface, eight chapters, and seven appendixes.’
    • ‘Maps, the foreword and introduction precede a glossary with notes and information about the translation form.’
    • ‘Each volume contains a short biographical introduction whilst the first two have forewords.’
    • ‘As the foreword of this book points out, it's only a stepping stone for aspiring kernel developers.’
    • ‘As I recount in the foreword of the book, Jack never much liked handling other folks' characters.’
    • ‘In 1995, he republished these forewords in a collection together, with a further foreword for them titled ‘Four Forewords’.’
    • ‘Perhaps he is one author who does not make anyone else write the foreword of his books.’
    • ‘He'd found it as the foreword to a science-fiction book that hadn't been about much really.’
    • ‘This highly praised study was first published last year and in this edition the author has updated the text and written a new foreword and epilogue.’
    • ‘And he wrote the foreword to your book, mentioning that John really let him down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a foreword to the book, his wife Marian recalls how Michael was always fascinated by legend and the faerie world.’
    • ‘The foreword to the book has been written by Paul Durcan, poet of international acclaim.’
    • ‘I didn't write it, although I submitted a foreword that the authors decided not to use.’
    • ‘And my son said, Dad, I don't read forewords or prefaces.’
    • ‘The translations are good, with their literary qualities in tact; forewords and afterwords have fulfilled the scholarly mission.’
    • ‘He describes his personal experiences with the band in the foreword to this book.’
    • ‘In the foreword to his latest book, the Brazilian author apologises to his readers.’
    preface, introduction, prologue, preamble, opening remarks, opening statement, preliminary matter, front matter, forward matter
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from fore- + word, on the pattern of German Vorwort.

Pronunciation

foreword

/ˈfɔːwəːd/