Definition of preprandial
- a preprandial drink
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Though the Latin noun prandium means "late breakfast" or "luncheon," its derivative English adjectives - "preprandial," "prandial," and "postprandial" - are just as likely to refer to other meals; in fact, "preprandial" is usually applied to dinner. Those adjectives were quite new in our language ("prandial" and "postprandial" first appeared in print in 1820, and "preprandial" in 1822) when a Scottish judge wrote in his memoirs, "Every glass during dinner required to be dedicated to the health of some one.... This prandial nuisance was horrible." English also acquired the adverbs "prandially" and "postprandially," but those are much rarer words these days.
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