or pre·vue



an earlier or previous view.
an advance showing of a motion picture, play, etc., before its public opening.
an advance showing of brief scenes in a motion picture, television show, etc., for purposes of advertisement.
anything that gives an advance idea or impression of something to come.

verb (used with object)

to view or show beforehand or in advance.

Origin of preview

1600–10; 1920–25 for def 2; pre- + view
Related formsun·pre·viewed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for preview

examination, viewing, research, survey, sneak, show

Examples from the Web for preview

Contemporary Examples of preview

Historical Examples of preview

  • He looked like a man who had lately had a preview of Hell's inverted pleasures.

  • Important as is the review, the preview or assignment is equally vital.

    Principles of Teaching

    Adam S. Bennion

  • She recalled all that now as she sat in the little theatre waiting for the preview of her picture to begin.

  • Because of such a plan the matters of review and preview take on vital significance.

    Principles of Teaching

    Adam S. Bennion

British Dictionary definitions for preview


US prevue


an advance or preliminary view or sight
an advance showing before public presentation of a film, art exhibition, etc, usually before an invited audience of celebrities and journalists
a public performance of a play before the official first night


(tr) to view in advance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for preview

c.1600, "to see beforehand," from pre- + view (v.). Meaning "to show (a film, etc.) before its public opening" is from 1928. Related: Previewed; previewing.


"a foretaste," 1880, from preview (v.); specifically "a showing of a book, film, etc. before public release" from 1920.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper