[noun pree-print; verb pree-print]


an advance printing, usually of a portion of a book or of an article in a periodical.

verb (used with object)

to print for future use.
to print a preprint.

Origin of preprint

First recorded in 1885–90; pre- + print Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for preprint

also pre-print, 1913, from pre- + print (v.). Related: Preprinted; preprinting.


1889, from pre- + print (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper