Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 14th century
A preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction.
The introductory part of a statute or deed, stating its purpose, aims, and justification.
Examples of Preamble in a sentence
"I prepared a full preamble to explain my request for a raise, but my boss quickly approved."
"Even businesses have taken inspiration from the preamble to the U.S. Constitution to draft their bylaws and guidelines."
In a legal sense, a preamble is the introductory section, directly stating the goals and purposes of the document. But there's also a more casual sense of preamble. If you got into a fender bender with your dad's car, you might give a lengthy preamble to explain the circumstances.
Did you Know?
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union" — if you recognize these words, you're familiar with the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The 52-word preamble introduces the seven articles and 27 amendments to the Constitution.