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

Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pretheater was in 1903

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Cite this Entry

“Pretheater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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