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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. An illustration facing or preceding the title page of a book.
2. A facade, especially an ornamental facade, of a building.
3. An ornamental pediment over a door or window.
The word was formed by corruption of French frontispice by association with the word ‘piece’. It’s from Latin frontispicium (facade), from front- (front) + specere (to look). Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe), which also gave us spy, spice, species, suspect, expect, spectrum, despise, despicable, bishop, telescope, specious, speciesism, soupcon, prospicient, perspicuous, speculum, omphaloskepsis, and conspectus. Earliest documented use: 1598.
“I still have the physical copy, its frontispiece decorated with characters from the stories.”
Francine Prose & Ayana Mathis; Bookends; The New York Times Book Review; Oct 26, 2014.
“An ornate frontispiece above the front door, shutters, and flower boxes add charm to the white painted brick facade.”
Lauren Beale; Eva Gabor’s Onetime Estate in Holmby Hills is for Sale; Los Angeles Times; Oct 22, 2015.
See more usage examples of frontispiece in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:There's nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book. -Carson McCullers, writer (19 Feb 1917-1967)