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.
Also, prevue.

1600–10; 1920–25 for def 2; pre- + view

unpreviewed, adjective Unabridged
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preview or (US) prevue (ˈpriːvjuː)
1.  an advance or preliminary view or sight
2.  an advance showing before public presentation of a film, art exhibition, etc, usually before an invited audience of celebrities and journalists
3.  a public performance of a play before the official first night
4.  (tr) to view in advance
prevue or (US) prevue

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Word Origin & History

1607, "to see beforehand," from pre- + view (q.v.). The noun in the sense of "a foretaste" is recorded from 1882, from the verb; specifically "a showing of a book, film, etc. before public release" from 1922.
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Example sentences
Great idea to preview hotel rooms, but photos won't cover all factors.
The results are expected to be a preview of general elections due next year.
The results can be displayed as a preview of a page of the book.
He even gets a preview of what is in store for him should he continue on his
  miserly ways.
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