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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prerelease

Time Traveler for prerelease

Time Traveler

The first known use of prerelease was in 1916

See more words from the same year

Statistics for prerelease

Cite this Entry

“Prerelease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prerelease. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on prerelease

Nglish: Translation of prerelease for Spanish Speakers

Comments on prerelease

What made you want to look up prerelease? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Thing: Animal Edition

  • alt 5a023732e6f75
  • Name that animal:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!