teas·​er | \ ˈtē-zər How to pronounce teaser (audio) \

Definition of teaser

1 : one that teases
2 : an advertising or promotional device intended to arouse interest or curiosity especially in something to follow

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Examples of teaser in a Sentence

A teaser for the sequel appeared at the end of the movie. credit cards offering teaser rates to get people to sign up

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After Disney released a teaser trailer back in February, people weren't so sure. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The New 'Aladdin' Trailer Will Change the Way You See Will Smith's Genie," 12 Mar. 2019 After all, and as some Twitter users pointed out, this is only the teaser. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Got the “Army Pants and Flip-Flops” Actor from “Mean Girls” to Be in the "Thank U, Next" Trailer," 27 Nov. 2018 If that was just a teaser, imagine how good the style would be on the actual red carpet. Ana Colón, Glamour, "The Best Looks From the Emmy Awards 2018 Red Carpet," 17 Sep. 2018 The game prominently features a pineapple cake in one room, which is probably a teaser for the next version of Android, Android P. This will be the third year Google I/O is at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google I/O 2018 runs May 8-10 at Shoreline Amphitheatre," 24 Jan. 2018 Cohen himself recently tweeted out two teaser videos for the new series. Alix Langone, Time, "Sarah Palin Says Sacha Baron Cohen Tricked Her Into a Fake Interview for His New Show," 11 July 2018 According to the show's newest teaser (below), season 14 is going to be packed with all sorts of shocking twists and turns. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Did Matt and Amy Roloff of 'Little People Big World' Actually Sell Their Farm?," 15 Mar. 2019 At the end of the teaser, a cold gust of wind creeps into the crypts, hinting that the White Walkers are approaching. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Theories from the New Teaser Hint at Jon Snow and Bran Stark's Futures," 15 Jan. 2019 Following the release of an October teaser, the team behind Disney's live-action Aladdin remake shared the first set of photographs from the upcoming film. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Your First Peek at the “Aladdin” Live-Action Cast in Their Movie Wardrobe," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of teaser

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of teaser

What It Is

A teaser is a document that advertises the potential future sale of a security.

How It Works

The teaser's job is to create demand for a security. Because it is not a prospectus, it does not usually have all the details about the offering; rather, it highlights the most positive aspects of the offering and entices readers to subscribe to the offering later.

To get an idea of the role of the teaser, let’s assume Company XYZ is pursuing an IPO. Before launching the IPO, Company XYZ must see if big institutional investors (or anybody else) want to buy the stock. They create a teaser document, which the investment bank provides to interested parties. Unlike a prospectus, which contains exhaustive detail about the offering, the prospectus is more of an advertising and promotional vehicle.

When the final prospectus is released, the investment bank can take orders from those clients who indicated an interest back when they saw the teaser.

Why It Matters

The role of the teaser is to make investors aware of the investment rather than the risks of the investment. At that stage, investors would essentially consider the investment "sight unseen." Only after the company issues a prospectus is it protected from claims that it did not fully disclose enough information about itself or the securities in question.

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English Language Learners Definition of teaser

: a person who teases other people
: something that is done, offered, or shown to make people want something or want to see something that will be offered or shown at a later time
British : a difficult problem or puzzle

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