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Words nearby preloved
What does preloved mean?
Preloved is an informal word that describes an item that was previously owned.
Example: I prefer buying preloved dishes—they just have more character than the cheap new stuff they sell these days.
Where does preloved come from?
The first record of preloved comes from the early 1970s. Before preloved there was preowned, which has been in use since at least the 1930s. Although preowned can be seen as a euphemism for used (you rarely see used cars anymore—they are all preowned), it is still fairly straightforward: the item was, in fact, owned previously.
Preloved, though, goes so far as to tie the sentimental feelings of the previous owner to the item. It wasn’t just used, it was loved. This implies that it was taken care of and maintained (perhaps so that one day, someone would love it again). It is most often used to describe things for sale in thrift shops or secondhand stores, such as clothing and books.
Although preloved is almost always used to describe something that’s for sale, it could also be applied to something that is being given away, such as hand-me-down clothing, as in Do you want these shirts that don’t fit me anymore? They’re preloved, but they’re in good condition.
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How is preloved used in real life?
Preloved is almost always used to describe something that’s for sale—especially in a way that makes it sound like it’s still in good condition.
— Preloved of Brighton (@prelovedbtn) February 6, 2020
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Is preloved used correctly in the following sentence?
He preloved these clothes before he sold them.