pre·​tour·​na·​ment ˌprē-ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt How to pronounce pretournament (audio)
 also  -ˈtər-,
 or  -ˈtȯr-
variants or pre-tournament
: of, occurring in, or done in the time preceding a tournament
a pretournament meeting
pretournament training/warm-ups
pretournament predictions/expectations
the pretournament pick/favorite

Examples of pretournament in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nadal’s experience, grit and ability to problem solve in best-of-five-set matches should not be dismissed, and he has been focused on shortening points and coming to the net in his pretournament sessions this week. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2023 This cherished Masters tradition is a pretournament feast hosted by the prior year’s winner. Jason Gay,, 7 Apr. 2023 Obviously, the weather will impact the possibility of that happening, but there’s room for optimism given Morikawa’s pretournament metrics. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 7 Apr. 2023 Justin Thomas, a trusted confidant of Mr. Woods who frequently joins him for pretournament practice rounds, appeared stunned by the news. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 So much of the pretournament focus or news had been about Naomi Osaka deciding not to play in it—at least until Naomi came out with some big news of her own! Corey Seymour, Vogue, 13 Jan. 2023 In interviews, LIV Golf players have talked about how the new circuit has worked to foster a collective spirit with extravagant pretournament parties at nightclubs and abundant reimbursement of travel expenses for players’ families and caddies. New York Times, 29 July 2022 The league back-loaded its schedule with division matchups, setting up drama and a pretournament tournament of sorts. Mark Heim |, al, 12 Dec. 2021 In a pretournament news conference, Smith spoke about the nature of a game that offers a series of intermittent conversations, while demanding a player’s full attention. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pretournament was in 1906

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“Pretournament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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