Definition of preamble in English:



  • 1A preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction.

    ‘he could tell that what she said was by way of a preamble’
    mass noun ‘I gave him the bad news without preamble’
    • ‘The mild tremors that shook Chennai residents from their Sunday morning slumber was just a preamble to the tragedy that lay in store.’
    • ‘This is unexpected because the reader is lured into devastating news by a long preamble that seems absorbed with French manners, salon gossip and where to find a good chef.’
    • ‘The best bits were the preamble and the question and answer session after the main performance.’
    • ‘Without preamble, she offered both of us some.’
    • ‘I am sure the member was going to raise a point of order about the preamble.’
    • ‘It promises to be an attractive spectacle at Lansdowne Road, and the preamble shouldn't be too bad either.’
    • ‘And yet we have no knowledge of how war this time around might look; only that the soft preamble is somehow more menacing than sabre-rattling.’
    • ‘After a pleasant preamble by a stream, a strenuous uphill section over rough lava flows brings you to the South Crater.’
    • ‘Without preamble, the soldiers drew up and shot them.’
    • ‘They shouldn't be for decoration either - these values - they're not just a preamble to the policy statements.’
    • ‘Skinny, vampy and a little scary in a mirrored slip that resembles chain mail, she obviously favours action over dialogue; there are no dedications or scene-setting preambles.’
    • ‘Not one for polite preambles, she got right to the point-our aunt Sophie had developed critical heart and lung problems.’
    • ‘Firstly, the verbal preambles to nearly all of his songs seemed very long and involved - a shortcoming of many singer/song-writers.’
    • ‘He responds with a careful preamble about the refined admissions process Oxford has put in place.’
    • ‘You tell the story of the play because in the preamble there's a wonderful description of the night the play was put on, the politics around that.’
    • ‘Such a preamble to your kind of news is a strong statement that you are not up for any ‘discussion.’’
    • ‘OK, I'll come out with it straight away, no preamble, no pithy introduction, no amusing anecdote of how the waiter looked like Woody Allen.’
    • ‘I went last night as well - it was supposed to be a preamble to going clubbing, but I was exhausted from having been up all night writing reviews for the BBC.’
    • ‘He went into a long preamble before he actually told them, but that's the case.’
    • ‘The compilations always, without question, included his preamble to the track and his following comments.’
    introduction, opening, opening remarks, prefatory remarks, formalities
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    1. 1.1Law The introductory part of a statute or deed, stating its purpose, aims, and justification.
      • ‘The relevant text of the preamble to Chapter 6 and of paragraph 6.2 should therefore be amended to read as follows.’
      • ‘The Borrower undertakes with the Lender to use each Advance for the purposes stated in the preamble to this Agreement.’
      • ‘The constituent document of the Organization of American States refers to the fundamental rights of man in its preamble and various Articles thereafter.’
      • ‘The peculiarities of the motor vehicle market are noted in the preamble to the Regulation.’
      • ‘It is clear that the provisions of the preamble and of Article 1 of the charter which are claimed to be in conflict with the alien land law are not self-executing.’
      introduction, opening remarks, preliminary remarks, preparatory remarks, opening statement, preliminary statement, preparatory statement, preliminaries, preface, lead-in, overture, prologue
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Late Middle English: from Old French preambule, from medieval Latin praeambulum, from late Latin praeambulus ‘going before’.