Definition of pre-final in US English:

pre-final

adjective

  • 1That precedes the final stage or form.

  • 2Linguistics. Occupying a position (usually immediately) before the final element of a word or other linguistic (especially phonological or morphological) unit; specifically preceding a main final consonant in a word-final cluster.

noun

  • Linguistics. A pre-final element.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in The Times. From pre- + final.

Pronunciation

pre-final

/priːˈfʌɪnl/