Definitions

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To see beforehand.

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

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

Etymologies

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

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