—adj. preceding and leading up to the main part, matter, or business; introductory; preparatory: preliminary examinations.
—n. 1. something preliminary, as an introductory or preparatory step, measure, contest, etc.: He passed the preliminary and went on to the finals. 2. a boxing match or other athletic contest that takes place before the main event on the program: A preliminary was fought at 8:00. 3. a preliminary examination, as of a candidate for an academic degree.
4. preliminaries,Print.See front matter.