American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Before a meal, especially dinner: took a preprandial walk in the woods.
- adj. of or relating to the time before dinner; appetizer
- adj. preceding a meal (especially dinner)
“It was a jovial assemblage, well lubricated by preprandial cocaine and expensive dinner wine.”
“Her father had decided that a preprandial glass of wine might be too much of an ordeal for a man so new to the social conventions of the world outside prison bars.”
“Bhang and Kusumbá (opium dissolved and strained through a pledges of cotton) are always drunk before dinner and thus the “jolly” time is the preprandial, not the postprandial.”
“Understood as a preprandial, the cocktail is desperately needed next Thursday.”
“The Fellows of the college assembled before him, each clasping tight a glass of preprandial sherry.”
“Forbear preprandial procrastination: spin the wheel and close the deal.”
“At least he rattled his glass with a spoon and, when all had broken off their preprandial conversations and looked up from their cocktails, Mario made his introduction.”
“Sixty Million Trillion Combinations SINCE IT WAS Thomas Trumbull who was going to act as host for the Black Widowers that month, he did not, as was his wont, arrive at the last minute, gasping for his preprandial drink.”
“I heard about it from Colin the Corgi, who was showing this hand around over the preprandial Madeira at the Griffins bar:”
“May I confide in you, and I mean them no disrespect, that in our preprandial discussions, I was not a little surprised to find them such a friendly and articulate lot.”
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