frontispiece
noun Etymology: Middle French frontispice, from Late Latin frontispicium facade, from Latin front-, frons + -i- + specere to look at — more at spy Date: circa 1598 1. a. the principal front of a building b. a decorated pediment over a portico or window 2. an illustration preceding and usually facing the title page of a book or magazine

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Frontispiece — Fron tis*piece, n. [F. frontispice, LL. frontispicium beginning, front of a church, fr. L. frons front + spicere, specere, to look at, view: cf. It. frontispizio. See {Front} and {Spy}.] The part which first meets the eye; as: (a) (Arch.) The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frontispiece — 1590s, decorated entrance of a building, from M.Fr. frontispice, probably from It. frontespizio and L.L. frontispicium facade, originally a view of the forehead, judgment of character through facial features, from L. frons (gen. frontis) forehead …   Etymology dictionary

  • frontispiece — ► NOUN ▪ an illustration facing the title page of a book. ORIGIN Latin frontispicium facade …   English terms dictionary

  • frontispiece — [frunt′is pēs΄] n. [OFr < LL frontispicium, front of a church, front view < L frons, FRONT1 + specere, to look: see SPY] 1. Obs. the first page, esp. the title page, of a book 2. an illustration facing the title page of a book 3. Archit …   English World dictionary

  • Frontispiece — *In architecture, a frontispiece constitutes the elements that frame and decorate the main, or front, door to a building; especially when the main entrance is the chief face of the building, rather than being kept behind columns or a portico. *A… …   Wikipedia

  • frontispiece — [16] The final syllable of frontispiece has no etymological connection with piece. It comes from *spic , a root denoting ‘see’ which is also represented in conspicuous and spectator. Here, as in the related auspices, its particular application is …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • frontispiece — UK [ˈfrʌntɪsˌpiːs] / US [ˈfrʌntɪsˌpɪs] noun [countable] Word forms frontispiece : singular frontispiece plural frontispieces a picture at the beginning of a book on the page opposite the one with the title on it …   English dictionary

  • frontispiece — [16] The final syllable of frontispiece has no etymological connection with piece. It comes from *spic , a root denoting ‘see’ which is also represented in conspicuous and spectator. Here, as in the related auspices, its particular application is …   Word origins

  • frontispiece — [[t]frʌ̱ntɪspiːs[/t]] frontispieces N COUNT: usu sing The frontispiece of a book is a picture at the beginning, opposite the page with the title on …   English dictionary

  • frontispiece — /frun tis pees , fron /, n. 1. an illustrated leaf preceding the title page of a book. 2. Archit. a façade, or a part or feature of a façade, often highlighted by ornamentation. [1590 1600; alter. (conformed to PIECE) of earlier frontispice < F < …   Universalium

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