US: /ˈpɹɛfəs/
UK: /pɹˈɛfəs/

English Vietnamese dictionary

preface /'prefis/
  • danh từ
    • lời tựa, lời nói đầu (sách); lời mở đầu (bài nói)
    • ngoại động từ
      • đề tựa, viết lời nói đầu (một quyển sách); mở đầu (bài nói)
      • mở đầu, mở lối cho, dẫn tới (một việc gì khác) (sự kiện...)
      • nội động từ
        • nhận xét mở đầu

      Advanced English dictionary

      noun, verb
      + noun
      an introduction to a book, especially one that explains the author's aims
      Compare: FOREWORD
      + verb [VN]
      1 ~ sth (with sth) to provide a book or other piece of writing with a preface: He prefaced the diaries with a short account of how they were discovered. + Each chapter is prefaced by a quotation from Shakespeare.
      2 ~ sth by / with sth
      ~ sth by doing sth (formal) to say sth before you start making a speech, answering a question, etc: I must preface my remarks with an apology.

      Thesaurus dictionary

      1 introduction, foreword, prologue, preamble, Formal proem, prolegomenon, exordium:
      By way of preface, I should like to say how happy I am to be here. The preface to the book is far too long.
      2 precede, introduce, prefix, begin, open:
      The speaker prefaced his acceptance speech with a tribute to his predecessor.

      Concise English dictionary

      +a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
      +furnish with a preface or introduction