from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An advance showing, as of a movie or art exhibition, to which a selected audience is invited before public presentation begins.
  • noun An advance viewing or exhibition, especially the presentation of several scenes advertising a forthcoming movie; a trailer.
  • noun An introductory or preliminary message, sample, or overview; a foretaste.
  • transitive verb To view or exhibit in advance.
  • transitive verb To provide a preliminary sample or overview of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To see beforehand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A foretaste of something.
  • noun colloquial An advance showing of a film, exhibition etc.
  • noun Something seen in advance.
  • verb To show or watch something, or part of it, before it is complete.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb watch (a movie or play) before it is released to the general public
  • noun a screening for a select audience in advance of release for the general public
  • noun an advertisement consisting of short scenes from a motion picture that will appear in the near future


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French preveu, past participle of preveoir ("to foresee"). See pre- + view.


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