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prevue

[pree-vyoo]
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noun, verb (used with object), pre·vued, pre·vu·ing.
  1. preview.

preview

or pre·vue

[pree-vyoo]
noun
  1. an earlier or previous view.
  2. an advance showing of a motion picture, play, etc., before its public opening.
  3. an advance showing of brief scenes in a motion picture, television show, etc., for purposes of advertisement.
  4. anything that gives an advance idea or impression of something to come.
verb (used with object)
  1. to view or show beforehand or in advance.

Origin of preview

1600–10; 1920–25 for def 2; pre- + view
Related formsun·pre·viewed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prevue

preview

US prevue

noun
  1. an advance or preliminary view or sight
  2. an advance showing before public presentation of a film, art exhibition, etc, usually before an invited audience of celebrities and journalists
  3. a public performance of a play before the official first night
verb
  1. (tr) to view in advance
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Word Origin and History for prevue

preview

v.

c.1600, "to see beforehand," from pre- + view (v.). Meaning "to show (a film, etc.) before its public opening" is from 1928. Related: Previewed; previewing.

preview

n.

"a foretaste," 1880, from preview (v.); specifically "a showing of a book, film, etc. before public release" from 1920.

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