Meaning of “preseason” in the English Dictionary

"preseason" in British English

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preseasonadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈpriːˌsiː.zən/ us /ˈpriːˌsiː.zən/

in sports, happening before the main period of competition:

a preseason match
Manchester United and Arsenal were the preseason favourites.

preseasonnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˈpriːˌsiː.zən/ us /ˈpriːˌsiː.zən/

in sports, a short period of competition before the main period:

Barkley suffered a strained thigh muscle late in the preseason.
David Beckham had a great preseason.

(Definition of “preseason” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"preseason" in American English

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preseasonnoun [ C usually sing ]

us /ˈpriˌsi·zən/

the period before a sports team begins its official competition:

He has played three preseason games, averaging 4.3 points.

(Definition of “preseason” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)