pre·​sea·​son ˌprē-ˈsē-zᵊn How to pronounce preseason (audio)
plural preseasons
: a period of time immediately preceding a season
tourists who visit during the preseason
especially : a training period preceding a sport's regular season in which teams compete in unofficial games
The preseason starts in two weeks.
performed well in (the) preseason
Quarterback John Friesz was lost for the year in the preseason to knee surgery. Paul Zimmerman
Dennis Rodman's mysterious boycott finally ended on Monday when he arrived for practice for the first time since the start of preseason. Jack McCallum
preseason adjective
preseason football
preseason training
the preseason opener/finale
preseason rankings/polls
the preseason favorite

Examples of preseason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Clark has played in a preseason game for the Fever, but next week’s game will be her first official regular season game. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2024 But the Sky announced Monday night that Cardoso will be sidelined for four to six weeks due to a shoulder injury sustained in the May 3 preseason game against Minnesota. Julia Poe, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2024 The 2024 preseason kicked off in February, and the season will wrap up in Abu Dhabi in December. Ashlyn Messier, Fox News, 5 May 2024 The preseason game against the Dallas Wings was another sellout match with enthusiastic fans lining up outside College Park Center in Arlington, Texas, to watch the NCAA's all-time leading scorer play in her first professional game. Juliana Kim, NPR, 4 May 2024 Caitlin Clark will make her WNBA debut for Indiana when the team takes on the Dallas Wings during the opening preseason game on May 3 in Arlington, Texas. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 And Prescott has not taken a snap in the preseason in the last four seasons. Clarence E. Hill Jr., Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 May 2024 Morgan owns the Wave’s only goal at Seattle, coming in a 3-1 preseason loss. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 Clark will play her first preseason game with the Fever on May 3 against the Dallas Wings. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 23 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of preseason was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Preseason.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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