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Morphologically fore- +‎ word. Calque of German Vorwort, itself a calque of Latin praefatio (preface). Cognate with German Low German Vörwoord (foreword), Dutch voorwoord (foreword), West Frisian foarwurd (foreword), Danish forord (preface; proviso), Swedish förord (foreword). Compare also Old English forword, foreword (proviso; condition).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːwɜːd/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹwɝd/, /ˈfɔɹwɚd/
    • (file)
  • Homophones: forward (US, Canada)
  • Hyphenation: fore‧word

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foreword (plural forewords)

  1. An introductory section preceding the main text of a book or other document; a preface or introduction.
    • 2023 March 8, Gareth Dennis, “The Reshaping of things to come...”, in RAIL, number 978, page 44:
      He closes the foreword by acknowledging that his proposals would have far-reaching impacts on railway staff, communities and industry - and passes the buck onto government to ensure that these consequences are managed appropriately.

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