pre·am·ble [pree-am-buhl, pree-am-]
1. an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
2. the introductory part of a statute, deed, or the like, stating the reasons and intent of what follows.
3. a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance: His childhood in the slums was a preamble to a life of crime.
4. (initial capital letter) the introductory statement of the U.S. constitution, setting forth the general principles of American government and beginning with the words, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union. …”
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1. opening, beginning; foreword, prologue, prelude.
ANTONYMS FOR PREAMBLE
1. epilogue, appendix, conclusion, afterword, closing.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin praeambulum, noun use of neuter of Late Latin praeambulus walking before. See pre-, amble
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR PREAMBLE
These first two cases appear mainly as preamble, summarized without much elaboration.
IAN MCEWAN'S NEW NOVEL KEEPS LIFE AT ARM'S LENGTH|NICK ROMEO|SEPTEMBER 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In short, not getting enough sleep is slowly killing us—and that nighttime preamble is certainly not helping.
‘SLEEP PROCRASTINATION’ IS REAL, AND YOU PROBABLY DO IT|CHARLOTTE LYTTON|JUNE 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You appeared via video at the South by Southwest conference with the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution green screened behind you.
TIME TO COME HOME, EDWARD SNOWDEN, AND STOP HIDING BEHIND A CORRUPT REGIME|MICHAEL DALY|MARCH 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First, the Second Amendment itself includes a preamble referring to the necessity of a “well-regulated militia.”
JUSTICE SCALIA GOES GUN CRAZY|ADAM WINKLER|AUGUST 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The preamble to the law set the ideological tone of the new system.
AREA HANDBOOK FOR ALBANIA|EUGENE K. KEEFE
A preamble could explain that the object was to use the interest, not abuse the capital of wild life.
SUPPLEMENT TO ANIMAL SANCTUARIES IN LABRADOR|WILLIAM WOOD
The preamble to the Declaration of Independence is timeless.
THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE: VIRGINIA 1763-1783|VIRGINIA STATE DEPT. OF EDUCATION
It is in reality little more than a preamble, but it gave a working basis, expressing enough and yet not too much.
THE STORY OF THE AMERICAN LEGION|GEORGE SEAY WHEAT
So he stopped by her side and, without any preamble, addressed her.
THE DOUBLE FOUR|E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM
Preamble from Schoolhouse Rock (because that's the first thing that comes to mind when I see this word and it always gets stuck in my head...so you're welcome! lol)
And then the video on YouTube, because why not?!