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Parts of books

acknowledgments

noun

a statement of thanks at the beginning of a book, made by the writer to people who have helped

addendum

noun

a piece of extra information that is added to a book, document, speech, etc.

afterword

noun

a part at the end of a book that has a few final remarks

appendix

noun

a section giving extra details at the end of a book, part of a book, or document

artwork

noun

pictures, photographs, or drawings that are used in a book, magazine, etc.

back

noun

the last part of a book, newspaper, etc.

binding

noun

the cover of a book that holds the pages together and protects them

blurb

noun

information printed on the outside of something, especially something for sale such as a book, to describe it or make it attractive to buy

body

noun

the main part of a book or document, not including the introduction, notes, or appendices (=parts added at the end)

book

noun

one of the sections of a long book such as the Bible

bookplate

noun

a piece of paper with your name on it that you stick inside the front of a book that you own

chapter

noun

one of the sections into which a book is divided. A chapter usually has a number or a title

cliffhanger

noun

an exciting end to part of a book or television show that makes you want to read or watch the next part

content

noun

a list at the beginning of a book or magazine, showing the parts into which the book or magazine is divided

cover

noun

the outside page at the front or back of a book or magazine

cross reference

noun

a note in a book that tells you to look at another page for more information

dedication

noun

a statement at the beginning of something such as a book or song that tells people it has been written for a person you love or admire

dust cover

noun

a dust jacket

dust jacket

noun

a loose paper cover for a book that protects the hard cover

epigraph

noun

a short piece of writing put at the beginning of a book or on a building or statue

epilogue

noun

an extra part added at the end of a novel, long poem, or other piece of writing

extract

noun

a short piece of writing taken from something such as a book or letter

figure

noun

a drawing in a book that gives information

flyleaf

noun

the first or last page of a book that is next to the cover and has nothing printed on it

foreword

noun

a short introduction to a book, usually written by someone other than the writer

frontispiece

noun

a picture at the beginning of a book on the page opposite the one with the title on it

front matter

noun

the information at the beginning of a book before the main part starts

gazetteer

noun

a list of place names given at the end of an atlas (=book of maps), or in a dictionary that lists and describes places

illustration

noun

a picture, drawing, or photograph used for decorating a book or explaining something

imprint

noun

the name and address of a publisher, printed at the beginning of a book

index

noun

an alphabetical list of something such as subjects or names at the back of a book, that shows on which page they are mentioned

introduction

noun

the part at the beginning of a book, report, etc. that gives a general idea of what it is about

jacket

noun

a cover for a book

key

noun

a list of answers to the questions in a test or in a book

leaf

noun

a sheet of paper, especially in a book

lesson

noun

a section in a book that teaches you about a particular subject

note

noun

an extra piece of information about something in a book

offprint

noun

an article from a book or magazine that is printed separately

plate

noun

a picture printed on special paper in a book

preface

noun

an introduction to a book or a speech

prolog

an American spelling of prologue

prologue

noun

a piece of writing at the start of a book that introduces the story

recto

noun

a page on the right side of an open book. A page on the left side is called a verso.

sleeve

noun

a paper or plastic cover that protects something such as a record or a book

spine

noun

the edge of a book where all the pages are attached

supplement

noun

an extra section in a book, or an additional book that gives more information

thumb index

noun

the letters of the alphabet printed on the edges of a book’s pages to help you to find what you are looking for quickly

title

noun

the name of a book, poem, movie, play, or other work of art

title page

noun

the page at the front of a book that shows its title, the name of the writer, etc.

verso

noun

a page on the left side of a book. The page on the right side is the recto.

vignette

noun

a small decoration printed in a book

vocabulary

noun

a list of words and their meanings, especially in a book for learning a foreign language

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