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

/ˈfɔrˌwərd//ˈfôrˌwərd/