Definition of introduction :
1. A formal and elaborate preliminary treatise; specifically, a treatise introductory to other treatises, or to a course of study; a guide; as, an introduction to English literature.
2. That part of a book or discourse which introduces or leads the way to the main subject, or part; preliminary; matter; preface; proem; exordium.
3. The act of formally making persons known to each other; a presentation or making known of one person to another by name; as, the introduction of one stranger to another.
4. The act of introducing, or bringing to notice.
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beginning (part of speech: noun)
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introduction (part of speech: noun)
prelude (part of speech: noun)
insertion (part of speech: noun)
- John gave me a letter of introduction, but I have been so busy since my arrival here I have had no chance to call on you. - "The Lost Despatch", Natalie Sumner Lincoln.
- 326; what would be that of its introduction into Geneva, i. - "Rousseau Volumes I. and II.", John Morley.
- For a sound appreciation of this cheese see Clifton Fadiman's introduction to this book. - "The Complete Book of Cheese", Robert Carlton Brown.