noun, verb (used with object), pre·vued, pre·vu·ing.


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 prevue

clip, ad, advertisement, teaser, promo

British Dictionary definitions for prevue


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
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Word Origin and History for prevue



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.

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