One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who writes a preface; = prefacer.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Augustus De Morgan (1806–1871), mathematician and historian. Probably from classical Latin praefāt-, past participial stem of praefārī to say beforehand or by way of preface + -or, after preface. Compare post-classical Latin praefator person who foretells the future, prophet (400).
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