frontispiece frontispiece


  1. (n) an ornamental facade
  2. (n) front illustration facing the title page of a book


  1. Naturalists took one look at the grimacing, bewhiskered frontispiece and decided that the whole book was beneath contempt.
  2. This year Europe's register of kings, the famed Almanack de Gotha, has picked Franz Paul I for its frontispiece, displays him in hoary majesty.



  • Sir Simon, in an article on the coming anniversary, wrote: "Most of the staff [in my day] thought the frontispiece sexist, bourgeois and not long for this world. It has outlived all our expectations."
    on Dec 26, 2006 By: Simon Jenkins Source:

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