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 principal front of a building

. [Obs. or R.] (b)

An ornamental figure or illustration fronting the first page, or titlepage, of a book; formerly, the titlepage itself.


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