pre·​sale | \ ˌprē-ˈsāl How to pronounce presale (audio) \
variants: or pre-sale

Definition of presale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : done, existing, or occurring before a sale a presale party/tour/exhibition presale expectations a presale disclosure Southeby's pre-sale estimate was $12,000-15,000, but early bidding indicated that the final sales price would go far higher.— R. O. Blechman
2 : of, relating to, being, or involving a presale She paid $30 to join the … fan club, which gives members access to presale tickets.— Marco R. della Cava presale orders for the book bought a presale condo


variants: or pre-sale
plural presales or pre-sales

Definition of presale (Entry 2 of 2)

: the sale of something before it is completed or available … the first run of books is nearly sold out in presale on Amazon.— Brooke Edwards As stated earlier, a presale is literally a sale of your film to a particular territory before the film is made.— Stacey Parks … said most developers would now need a large number of presales to get bank backing.— Susan Edmunds Tickets go on sale to the general public May 14. Select presales begin May 7.— Andrew Gans Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that Apple has "sold hundreds of thousands" of iPads since the device went on presale March 12.— Erica Ogg

First Known Use of presale


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Presale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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