: placed at the beginning (as of a book) : introductory, preliminary
liminary quotations from the Greek or LatinGouverneur Paulding

Word History


French liminaire, from Late Latin liminaris, from Latin, of a threshold, from limin-, limen threshold + -aris -ar

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of liminary was in 1603

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“Liminary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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