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  1. something released beforehand, as a movie shown before its scheduled premiere.
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  1. of or relating to a period prior to an official release: prerelease photos of a new car; convicts housed in a prerelease center.
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Origin of prerelease

First recorded in 1925–30; pre- + release
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • On March 5, 1974, the wolves were again immobilized for pre-release processing in Minnesota.

    An Experimental Translocation of the Eastern Timber Wolf

    Thomas F. Weise

Word Origin and History for pre-release


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

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