frontispiece

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French frontispice, from Latin frontispicium, from frons (forehead) + specere (look at). Spelling altered due to folk etymology influenced by piece.

Noun[edit]

frontispiece (plural frontispieces)

  1. (publishing) An illustration that is on the page before the title page of a book, a section of one, or a magazine.
  2. (archaic, publishing) The title page of a book.
  3. (architecture) A façade, especially an ornamental one.
  4. (architecture) A small pediment of which is ornamental, especially on the top of a window or door.

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