[ pree-lim, pri-lim ]
/ ˈpri lɪm, prɪˈlɪm /

noun Informal.

Origin of prelim

First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prelims

/ (ˈpriːlɪmz, prəˈlɪmz) /

pl n

Also called: front matter the pages of a book, such as the title page and contents, before the main text
the first public examinations taken for the bachelor's degree in some universities
(in Scotland) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations

Word Origin for prelims

C19: a contraction of preliminaries
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