pretheater

adjective
pre·​the·​ater | \ ˌprē-ˈthē-ə-tər How to pronounce pretheater (audio) , -ˈthēə-, usually in Southern -ˈthē-ˌā- also -thē-ˈā- \
variants: or pre-theater

Definition of pretheater

: existing, occurring, or done in the time before the start of a performance at a theater pretheater crowds/traffic the pretheater hours a pretheater dinner met for pretheater drinks

First Known Use of pretheater

1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Pretheater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pretheater. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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