/ (ˈpriːlɪmz, prəˈlɪmz) /
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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
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Word Origin for prelims
C19: a contraction of preliminaries
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How to use prelims in a sentence
The prelims are over and legions are now ready to do battle in November.