Definition 2023




Alternative forms

  • fore-piece, fore piece


forepiece (plural forepieces)

  1. The front or forward-facing piece of an object, especially of a cap
  2. Any introductory or beginning segment of an event or work, such as a play
    • 1993, David Pickering, ‎John Morley, Encyclopedia of pantomime:
      Such forepieces included comedies and tragedies and were often intended to provide an element of 'moral improvement' for the often rowdy and ill-educated audiences the pantomime attracted in the late 18th century.

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