What does the word introductory mean?

Usage examples for introductory

  1. After the usual introductory exercises of singing and prayer, the annual report was read by the Secretary, Rev. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  2. Every page thinned my ranks more and more; and of the vast multitude that first set out, but a comparatively few made shift to survive, in exceedingly battered condition, through the five introductory chapters. – Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete by Washington Irving
  3. An illuminating work is that of A. M. Broadley, Napoleon in Caricature, 1795- 1821, with an introductory essay by J. H. Rose, 2 vols. – A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1. by Carlton J. H. Hayes