Definition of preamble in English:



  • 1A preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction.

    ‘what she said was by way of a preamble’
    ‘I gave him the bad news without preamble’
    • ‘He responds with a careful preamble about the refined admissions process Oxford has put in place.’
    • ‘He went into a long preamble before he actually told them, but that's the case.’
    • ‘The mild tremors that shook Chennai residents from their Sunday morning slumber was just a preamble to the tragedy that lay in store.’
    • ‘They shouldn't be for decoration either - these values - they're not just a preamble to the policy statements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not one for polite preambles, she got right to the point-our aunt Sophie had developed critical heart and lung problems.’
    • ‘Without preamble, she offered both of us some.’
    • ‘I am sure the member was going to raise a point of order about the preamble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It promises to be an attractive spectacle at Lansdowne Road, and the preamble shouldn't be too bad either.’
    • ‘The compilations always, without question, included his preamble to the track and his following comments.’
    • ‘Without preamble, the soldiers drew up and shot them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a pleasant preamble by a stream, a strenuous uphill section over rough lava flows brings you to the South Crater.’
    • ‘Firstly, the verbal preambles to nearly all of his songs seemed very long and involved - a shortcoming of many singer/song-writers.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    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 constituent document of the Organization of American States refers to the fundamental rights of man in its preamble and various Articles thereafter.’
      • ‘The Borrower undertakes with the Lender to use each Advance for the purposes stated in the preamble to this Agreement.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The peculiarities of the motor vehicle market are noted in the preamble to the Regulation.’
      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’.