Something spoken as introductory to a discourse, or written as introductory to a book or essay; a proem; an introduction, or series of preliminary remarks.
The prelude or introduction to the canon of the Mass.
To introduce by a preface; to give a preface to; as, to preface a book discourse.
To make a preface.
preface in Afrikaans is inleiding
preface in Dutch is inleiding, introductie
preface in French is avantpropos
preface in German is Vorwort
preface in Italian is prefazione
preface in Spanish is prefacio