from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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 New Latin praelīmināris : Latin prae-, pre- + Latin līmen, līmin-, threshold.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)