preowned

or pre-owned

[pree-ohnd]

adjective

previously owned; used; secondhand: a sale of preowned furs.

Nearby words

  1. preoperatively,
  2. preoral,
  3. preordain,
  4. preordained,
  5. preosteoblast,
  6. preoxygenation,
  7. prep,
  8. prep school,
  9. prep.,
  10. prepack

Origin of preowned

First recorded in 1960–65; pre- + own + -ed2

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British Dictionary definitions for pre-owned

preowned

adjective

euphemistic already used; second-hand
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Word Origin and History for pre-owned

pre-owned

adj.

1961, American English, from pre- + owned. A euphemism for used.

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