One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Done or taken before dinner or lunch.‘a preprandial glass of sherry’
- ‘The kitchen was invaded by preprandial politics; people thinking ten things but keeping silent.’
- ‘Even the best restaurants in Cognac must be prepared to allow demanding French guests to select their preprandial drink from a spirit cart filled only with Scotch.’
- ‘This falls at lunchtime, when I allow myself a preprandial glass of wine and read a chapter of an unsuitable book.’
- ‘The preprandial pickles are splendid and so are the popadoms with them.’
- 1.1Medicine Occurring or done before a meal.
- ‘Involving 335 subjects with type 1 diabetes, the study reveals that most patients prefer inhaled insulin before meals to the usual preprandial shots.’
- ‘One preprandial blood sample was collected daily.’
- ‘Each day of the 10-day trial, preprandial blood samples were collected at 0845 h, prior to the first meal.’
Early 19th century: from pre- ‘before’ + Latin prandium ‘a meal’ + -al.
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