pree·​mie ˈprē-mē How to pronounce preemie (audio)
variants or less commonly premie
: a premature baby

Examples of preemie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The brand offers two categories of preemie clothes: NICU preemie up to 5 pounds and preemie up to 6 pounds. Maya Polton, Parents, 18 May 2024 Her dolls vary in size: a preemie that's a few pounds to one that's about the size of a 6- or 9-month-old that's 12 1/2 pounds. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 2 Apr. 2024 Choose from nine different outfit options and nearly 20 sizes, all from preemie to 12 months. Maya Polton, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 But Take Note: Assembly can be tricky and the seat may be too large for preemies and small babies. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 7 Mar. 2024 Here’s her story… I was born three months premature in 1978, when the chances of preemies surviving was very rare. Kr Liu and Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024 While Kyte Baby’s actions appear to have been legal, its handling of the employee’s request seems to have hit a nerve with its customer base of parents — including some with preemies of their own. Maham Javaid, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 The story was shared on both TikTok and GoFundMe, where the situation went viral as parents were shocked by a baby brand's lack of sympathy and grace for the mother of a micro preemie. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 Somebody had made a preemie blanket with a Florida Gators emblem on it [signifying Chad's favorite team] and laid it over the coffin. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History


premature + -ie

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preemie was in 1927

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“Preemie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or premie
: a baby born prematurely

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