prerelease

adjective
pre·​re·​lease | \ ˌprē-ri-ˈlēs How to pronounce prerelease (audio) \
variants: or pre-release

Definition of prerelease

: existing or occurring before the release of something (such as a movie or album) a prerelease screening a prerelease promo single prerelease versions of the software

First Known Use of prerelease

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prerelease was in 1916

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“Prerelease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prerelease. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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