Definition of pre-English in English:

pre-English

adjective

  • 1Designating or relating to a period before settlement (especially of the British Isles) by speakers of English.

  • 2Of or relating to the use of a given word before its adoption into English. rare.

  • 3Designating or relating to the period before the emergence of the English language; of or relating to the West Germanic or Anglo-Frisian dialect from which English developed.

noun

  • The West Germanic or Anglo-Frisian dialect from which English developed; (also occasionally) English before written records. Also more generally: any language which may be regarded as a forerunner of (modern) English.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. From pre- + English.

Pronunciation

pre-English

/priːˈɪŋ(ɡ)lɪʃ/