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

Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prerelease was in 1916

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“Prerelease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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