preteen

1 of 2

noun

pre·​teen ˈprē-ˈtēn How to pronounce preteen (audio)
-ˌtēn
: a boy or girl not yet 13 years old

preteen

2 of 2

adjective

1
: relating to or produced for children especially in the 9 to 12 year-old age group
preteen fashions
2
: being younger than 13

Example Sentences

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Noun
The actor, who was a preteen when cast on The Partridge Family, scored a few TV guest spots following the end of the series, as well as a starring role in 1978's Corvette Summer, opposite Mark Hamill. Grace Gavilanes, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 Back in Enchanted, Dempsey's Robert was a cynical New York lawyer and single father, one who wanted his preteen daughter, Morgan (Rachel Covey), to know that fairy tales and happily-ever-afters weren't real. Yolanda Machado, EW.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Old people, from a preteen’s perspective, probably meant anyone over 25. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2022 Looking up at it from the streets below, the mind conjures a preteen Romeo living in the 7400 block of South Greenwood Avenue, cut off by the towering expressway from a Juliet in the 7500 block. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 25 Sep. 2022 The series also introduces new characters, including young actors playing preteen Prince William (Senan West) and Prince Harry (Will Powell), as well as Dodi Fayed and his father Mohammed (Khalid Abdalla and Salim Dau). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2022 Shortly afterward, LaCour stopped breathing, according to the lawsuit filed on behalf of her and her husband's five preteen children. Deon J. Hampton, NBC News, 4 Nov. 2022 The female victim had two preteen daughters and a young son living with her, according to Gonzalez and neighbors. Emma Daniel And Michael Wetzel The Decatur Daily, al, 2 Nov. 2022 Lia is a successful illustrator with a loving husband and preteen daughter, but their contentment is disrupted by the resurgence of her breast cancer. The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022
Adjective
Playing and watching team sports were the twin pillars of his preteen existence, and both pursuits were snatched away from him a matter of days. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, 19 May 2020 The incident drew national attention, in part because Block involved his preteen daughter in the ugly episode. Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2019 Eighteen of them, including five preteen children, died in Putnam County, some 80 miles east of Nashville. USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2020 An apparent domestic situation at a house in the 2700 block of Oakland Avenue South left two adults and two preteen children dead, according to John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, 1 Dec. 2019 Shapiro said agents from his office discovered Sullivan’s penchant for viewing images of preteen children during an investigation on a file sharing network. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, 6 Nov. 2019 Her family paid a smuggler to get her and her preteen daughter from Honduras to Mexico. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, 12 Feb. 2020 In 2014, two preteen girls lured a classmate into the woods on the pretense of everyday fun, and killed her. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 3 Feb. 2020 The hit 1970s comedy starred Lavin as a widowed mother and aspiring actress working as a waitress in Phoenix while raising her preteen son, played by Philip. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, 11 Dec. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1938, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of preteen was in 1929

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Cite this Entry

“Preteen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preteen. Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

preteen

1 of 2 noun
pre·​teen ˈprē-ˈtēn How to pronounce preteen (audio)
: a boy or girl not yet 13 years old

preteen

2 of 2 adjective
1
: relating to or produced for children especially in the 9 to 12 year-old age group
preteen fashions
2
: being younger than 13 years old

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