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”).
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɔːwɜːd/
- (US, Canada) IPA(key): /ˈfɔɹwɝd/, /ˈfɔɹwɚd/
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- Homophones: forward (US, Canada)
- Hyphenation: fore‧word
foreword (plural forewords)
- 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.