American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Prior to or preparing for the main matter, action, or business; introductory or prefatory.
- n. Something that precedes, prepares for, or introduces the main matter, action, or business.
- n. An academic test or examination that is preparatory to one that is longer, more complex, or more important.
- n. Sports A contest to determine the finalists in a competition.
- n. Sports An event that precedes the main event of a particular program, especially in boxing or wrestling.
- n. Printing The front matter of a book. Often used in the plural.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Preceding and leading up to something more important; introductory; preparatory; prefatory.
- n. Something which introduces or leads up to following matter or events; an introductory or preparatory statement, measure, action, etc.; a preface; a prelude.
- n. plural In college use, tests in certain elementary subjects previous to the final examinations for entrance.
- adj. in preparation for the main matter; initial, introductory, preparatory
- n. A preparation for a main matter; an introduction
- n. Any of a series of sports events that determine the finalists
- n. A relatively minor contest that precedes a major one, especially in boxing
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Introductory; previous; preceding the main discourse or business; prefatory.
- n. That which precedes the main discourse, work, design, or business; something introductory or preparatory
- adj. denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding
- n. a minor match preceding the main event
- n. something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
- From the French préliminaire or from the Modern Latin prælīmināris, formed from præ ("before") + līmen, līmin- ("threshold") + -āris (adjectival suffix); compare the Latin līmināris ("of or belonging to a threshold"). (Wiktionary)
- From New Latin praelīmināris : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin līmen, līmin-, threshold. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told reporters earlier this morning that there haven't been any run-throughs just yet, but certainly the president has had time to review what he called preliminary drafts.”
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