Definition of preprandial in English:



  • 1formal, humorous Done or taken before dinner or lunch.

    ‘a preprandial glass of sherry’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 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.