how to pronounce preface


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preface is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of preface in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… will be but one preface and I was just …”

meanings of preface


  1. A title or epithet.
  2. The beginning or introductory portion that comes before the main text of a document or book.
  3. The prelude or introduction to the canon of the Mass.
  4. An introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
  5. The part of the liturgy that precedes the main part of the Eucharist.


  1. To introduce or make a comment before (the main point).
  2. To give a preface to.

preface frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word preface occurs in english on average 4.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics preface can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that preface can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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