English [ edit ]
Alternative forms [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Medieval Latin *praefator + -ory ( “ agent ” ), from Medieval Latin (whence prefatia ), for classical preface Latin praefatio ( “ a saying beforehand ” ) – see for details. preface
Note that this is borrowed from Latin, not derived in English from
, as in occasional misspelling preface *prefecatory.
Adjective [ edit ]
prefatory ( comparative , more prefatory superlative )
introductory, preliminary, serving as a prelude or preface.
Usage notes [ edit ]
Rather formal and academic –
is less formal, while preliminary is less formal still. A casual alternative is to use some form of introductory , as in “To start…” or “Let me start by saying…”, as opposed to “By way of prefatory remarks…”.
Translations [ edit ]
please add this translation if you can Bengali:
পরিচায়ক ( pôricaẏôk ) Chinese:
Mandarin: please add this translation if you can Finnish:
alustava , (fi) alku- French:
please add this translation if you can German: please add this translation if you can
References [ edit ]
prefatory” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.
Anagrams [ edit ]