One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Introductory; preparatory; (of a letter, etc.) prefatory; specifically: †(of syphilis) in the initial stage (in which the disease typically involves the skin), primary.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Florio (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages. From (i) Middle French, French liminaire (of a letter) prefatory.
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