Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The period before something, such as a work of art, is available for sale to the public.
  • n. An exclusive or private sale held before an advertised sale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sale of something privately, before it is available to the public
  • n. The sale of a property before it is built

Etymologies

pre- +‎ sale (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There have been reports that the presale has been a disaster with many people getting locked out of the site and thus losing the use of their password.

    January 2005

  • The presale is a day after my birthday … VEGAS HERE I COME BITCHES!!!

    Bloody Elbow

  • -- Fans pay dues to get 'presale' passwords, codes you can buy online to game the concertgoing experience.

    Coffee Break: Sept. 20

  • "jualan presale akan ditutup pada 27mac. terima k ..."

    Junk - Latest Happenings

  • Members of the Iowa Events Center Cyber-Club will have access to a ticket "presale" from 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    DesMoinesRegister.com - NEWS

  • Gerald Fogelson Forum: "Pursue risk-mitigating strategies, such as presale, phases, refinancing your capital back, always trying to take some money off the table."

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • Christie's total topped its own presale expectation of up to £ 51.8 million and underscored the role that new, international buyers are playing in the art market's quickening recovery.

    Christie's Auction Gets Warhol Boost

  • That is very much the theme right now, said Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, CEO of the presale website Moda Operandi.

    Is Ready-to-Wear the New Couture?

  • The overall total failed to match the auction house's own presale expectation of $162.3 million and also fell shy of Sotheby's $170.4 million sale the night before—a signal that bidders may not have been impressed with some of Christie's offerings.

    Christie's $156M Sale Falls Short of Forecast

  • Christie's total also surpassed its own presale estimate of $214 million to $299 million.

    Warhol Helps Christie's Break the Bank

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