pre·​ri·​ot ˌprē-ˈrī-ət How to pronounce preriot (audio)
variants or pre-riot
: of, relating to, occurring in, or being a time before a riot
preriot conditions/incidents
the pre-riot period
… I was born in pre-riot Newark, New Jersey …Janine di Giovanni

Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preriot was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Preriot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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