something released beforehand, as a movie shown before its scheduled premiere.


of or relating to a period prior to an official release: prerelease photos of a new car; convicts housed in a prerelease center.

Origin of prerelease

First recorded in 1925–30; pre- + release Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pre-release

testing, suspect, dubious, experimental, flaky, new, pre-release, unready

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Word Origin and History for pre-release

1916, in reference to motion pictures, from pre- + release (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper